Streetscape in Youngsville is showing visible results.
Sidewalk work along Railroad Street is progressing quickly and, possibly the most visible testament to project progress, the entranceway walls on flanking Railroad Street have been erected.
Recently, the letters spelling out Youngsville have been installed on the stone facing of the monument, marking a component of the overall Streetscape project near completion. Landscaping at the site is still be done.
Times Observer photo by Jacob Perryman
A monument to progress
This entranceway, consisting of two wall on either side of the turn onto Railroad Street at the intersection with Route 6 in Youngsville, is a visible indicator of the progress of the borough’s Streetscape project.
"Most people are pleased now that the stone and the letters are on the wall," Youngsville Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg said of feedback on the edifice. "It's been mostly complimentary."
She said installation of train silhouettes on the top of the walls, an addition planned at one time, has been dropped for the time being.
"It might be a future project," Hagberg said.
As for the greater Streetscape project, according to Hagberg, things are progressing reasonably close to plan.
"We are staying on budget," Hagberg said. "They're pretty close to schedule."
She noted work crews hope to have brick, concrete and landscaping work done by the end of October.
"Light poles will be put in later," Hagberg noted.
As the project progresses, the borough is looking ahead.
According to Hagberg, "We are working to look for funding for Phase II of the project along with representatives of ROY (Revitalization of Youngsville)."
Phase I of the project, currently underway, will see improvement of Railroad Street from Route 6 to E. Main Street. Phase II encompasses E. Main Street from the bridge to Bates Street.