The Ellwood City Community Plaza construction may not look like a lot of progress, considering they’ve been working since January – but actually, they are moving along very well and are right on schedule.
“Currently, we are on schedule and work is proceeding as planned,” said Antonetta Combine, president of Combine Construction. “Although to the public eye progress is not always visible, we can assure much work had been done.”
Combine Construction of Sharon, Pa., was awarded the bid for the Ellwood City Community Improvement Project on Dec. 11, 2011 in the amount of approximately $1.75 million for construction of the Community Plaza as well as improvements to Beaver Avenue and the Beaver Avenue parking lot.
Construction is at the half way point, according to the original timeline. Combine Construction expects to be completed with the plaza and stage by mid-to end-October.
They began work almost immediately thanks greatly to the mild winter season. In January, much of the preconstruction work took place and the ground was prepared with pipes and other underground necessities.
For much of May, Combine Construction focused their attention to Beaver Avenue, and they completed much of the work and have the curb and sidewalk installed.
Most recently, Combine Construction installed the fountain on the wall of Kimpel’s Jewelers and placed several concrete circular walls in which trees will be placed upon plaza completion. Electricians are on site daily and the masonry contractor will be starting next week.
In July, Combine Construction plans to have the stage finished. The stage will be situated between the plaza fountain and Beaver Avenue. They also hope to have the brick pavers installed and the north parking lot of Beaver Avenue completed.
“Combine Construction appreciates the patience of the residents and businesses in Ellwood City,” said Antonetta Combine. “It is a pleasure working in the Borough.”