For Delta, the effects of winter's frequent snow and ice storms may linger well into the heat of summer.
The borough council recently directed engineers to develop specifications for repaving a portion of Chestnut Street. However, officials were quick to say the project could be pared down or delayed indefinitely should repairs to other roads prove too costly.
The council last August approved patching and other minor repairs to Chestnut Street to help the road make it through the winter. At that time, the council's intention was to reconstruct the street this year.
Those plans, however, are now affected by damages caused by the many freeze-thaw cycles of the harsh winter, one of the most destructive to roads the area has seen in a long time, engineer John Klinedinst said.
The cost to rebuild Chestnut Street from Parke to Chapel streets is estimated at $119,000, he said. The council intended to pay for the work through monies accumulated from two budget years.*
However, those savings could easily be eaten up by paying to fill potholes and repair other damages caused by winter. Delta may need to spend as much as $100,000 on those projects, Klinedinst said.
Council members talked about areas on Main and Broad streets that need attention as soon as the weather permits, and others that may develop after the last freeze-thaw of the season.
When asked about grant money, Klinedinst said there are no federal dollars available until 2015. The borough in previous years had obtained federal community development block grants to assist with paving Main Street and installing sidewalks.