Last updated: May 22. 2014 11:51PM - 2051 Views
By B. Garret Rogan Times Leader Correspondent



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PITTSTON — City Council unanimously voted during Wednesday night’s regular meeting to approve grant funding requests to continue downtown streetscape improvements.


Depending on what funding is received, the city will look to completely renovate all sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting and underground utilities along Main Street from Market Street to the fork in the road at the Sunoco gas station.


The city is applying for more that $3.8 million in grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


The council is also seeking approval to install traffic lights on Kennedy Boulevard at Dock and East streets.


City Manager Joseph Moskovitz acknowledged the importance of continuing improvements to the city’s downtown, but denied that the city is doing so at the expense of the city’s other neighborhoods.


He said city officials are looking into long-term projects to address issues such as street conditions and blighted properties.


“We are looking at a 30-year process before all of the neighborhoods are restored the way a lot of you may remember them being,” he said to those in attendance.


The next regular City Council meeting is June 18 at 7 p.m.


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