Center Street work underway

Doug Bankes from Donegal Construction Group sprays down a machine used for milling roadways. Bankes and other Donegal workers expect to complete the milling and paving of Center Street by Wednesday. (By Natasha Brenneman)

Milling and paving work to improve Center Street in Oil City began Monday.

The resurfacing work will extend from the intersection of Center and Seneca streets to a location just beyond the railroad tracks that cross Center Street near the intersection with Spring Street/Plummer Street.

“Although it looks like it’s done, there’s still work being done underneath,” said Andy Hockman, foreman of the job with contractor Francis J. Palo of Clarion. “A lot of steel work is still being done that we hadn’t expected,” Hockman added.

Donegal Construction Group is doing the milling and paving work.

Motorists will encounter lane restrictions during the milling and paving operations, with traffic controlled by signs and flaggers.

Wet weather could pose a slight issue, but Hockman was optimistic.

“I don’t think rain will affect getting it done,” Hockman said.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the day Wednesday.

The project cost is $1,983,543, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.