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New sidewalk to be constructed in front of City Hall

  • Tony Sakowicz of the Northampton Department of Public Works Street Department sets forms Monday for a sidewalk to be poured in front of city hall this week.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Tony Sakowicz of the Northampton Department of Public Works Street Department sets forms Monday for a sidewalk to be poured in front of city hall this week.
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  • Tony Sakowicz of the Northampton Department of Public Works Street Department, working off the back of a DPW truck bed, lets fly a flurry of sawdust Monday as he cuts forms for a sidewalk to be poured in front of city hall this week.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Tony Sakowicz of the Northampton Department of Public Works Street Department, working off the back of a DPW truck bed, lets fly a flurry of sawdust Monday as he cuts forms for a sidewalk to be poured in front of city hall this week.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Tony Sakowicz of the Northampton Department of Public Works Street Department, working off the back of a DPW truck bed, lets fly a flurry of sawdust Monday as he cuts forms for a sidewalk to be poured in front of city hall this week.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Tony Sakowicz of the Northampton Department of Public Works Street Department, working off the back of a DPW truck bed, lets fly a flurry of sawdust Monday as he cuts forms for a sidewalk to be poured in front of city hall this week.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Tony Sakowicz of the Northampton Department of Public Works Street Department sets forms Monday for a sidewalk to be poured in front of city hall this week.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Tony Sakowicz of the Northampton Department of Public Works Street Department, working off the back of a DPW truck bed, lets fly a flurry of sawdust Monday as he cuts forms for a sidewalk to be poured in front of city hall this week.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Tony Sakowicz of the Northampton Department of Public Works Street Department, working off the back of a DPW truck bed, lets fly a flurry of sawdust Monday as he cuts forms for a sidewalk to be poured in front of city hall this week.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

After ripping up the old, deteriorated sidewalk last week, Department of Public Works crews are expected to begin pouring concrete for a new sidewalk by the end of the week, if the weather holds, said Highway Superintendant Richard Parasiliti Jr.

The existing 30-year-old sidewalk in front of City Hall had deteriorated so much that it posed a “true hazard” to the public, he said. Crews patched the sidewalk two years ago, but the city knew such a fix would only be temporary, Parasiliti said.

“The concrete had come apart because of age and salt,” he said. “It was one of the worst sidewalks on Main Street.”

The $7,000 project involves replacing the sidewalk from Crafts Avenue to a driveway entrance into City Hall. In addition to the new sidewalk, the project includes replacement of existing handicapped ramps that provide access to the sidewalk from crosswalks on Crafts Avenue, Main Street and the City Hall driveway.

The handicapped-accessible ramps will be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act rules and are being reconstructed with early detection warning pads for the visually impaired.

The project also involves replacing a sidewalk along the driveway side of City Hall. Parasiliti said new concrete slabs with granite curbing will replace the existing sidewalk, which has “busted up” over the years.

City Hall’s front entrance is closed during the project and visitors and staff can use the building’s back or side entrances. Additionally, a temporary sidewalk has been set up using a pair of public parking spots in front of City Hall.

Meanwhile, DPW crews are also fixing a sink hole that had developed next to the Puchalski Municipal Building behind the City Hall parking lot. The lot at one time was constructed with fill material, some of which has been damaged by rain.

Parasiliti said crews have dug down as far as they can and will fill the hole with a solid cement and sand mixture to keep it from spreading.

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