KINGSTON — The Rutter Avenue paving project was running so smoothly, city officials added two more stretches of road to be completed by the end of the month.
“We’re figuring that we’re running about $35,000 under budget,” said borough Administrator Paul Keating about the large project.
Resurfacing is under way the portion of Rutter Avenue between Pierce and Church streets and Lathrop Street between Hamilton and Ford avenues. The Rutter Avenue contract was awarded to American Asphalt.
The project was budgeted at about $1.1 million including engineering costs. After reviewing the project finances, borough council voted to pave the section of Westmoreland Avenue between Lathrop and West Dorrance streets to the tune of $75,563.
Keating and Mayor James Haggerty approved adding East Union Street, between Wyoming and Ford avenues, to the plan at a cost of $56,671.
State revenue from the casino tax provided a $1 million grant and the $35,000 surplus puts the total out-of-pocket expense at about $42,800, Keating said. At this point, those bills will be paid with 80 percent from the borough’s general fund and 20 percent from its liquid fuels account, but that will be determined next month when the project is complete, Keating said.
When the last steamroller is packed up, a smooth and shiny Rutter Avenue will be the completion of two major paving projects for Kingston south of Wyoming Avenue.
This summer, Pierce Street was entirely re-paved for $787,000, a project completed by Popple Construction.
“We feel really good that in one year, we’ve completed two projects, Pierce and Rutter Ave., which are both extensive projects,” Keating said.