Mulberry Street Improvement Project Enters Its Final Phase

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The multi-million dollar Mulberry Street Improvement Project, spearheaded by the mayor of Scranton, Scranton City Council and The University of Scranton, is expected to be completed in the spring of 2012.

The ambitious beautification plan to improve the Mulberry Street corridor and seamlessly connect The University of Scranton campus to the surrounding neighborhood was first announced in 2007, with implementation planned in stages.

“Construction on the final phase of the project has begun,” said James Devers, assistant vice president for facilities operations. “We expect to complete the construction on Mulberry Street, between Madison and Quincy avenues, before winter sets in. The remainder of the project, from Quincy to North Webster avenues, should be finished this summer.”

As can be seen in the already completed portion of the project between Jefferson and Madison avenues, the plan encompasses wider, bluestone walkways; concrete crosswalks, cobblestone-lined tree lawns, benches, vintage light fixtures, landscaping to screen parking lots, and intermittent, low limestone seating walls. This theme will continue in the final phase of the project that extends to North Webster Avenue.

The University of Scranton has collaborated with Burkavage Design Associates of Clarks Summit and Ayers Saint Gross, a nationally respected architectural firm from Baltimore, Md., with experience in urban campus design, to develop the plan.

The overall project, which is expected to cost in excess of $4 million, has been primarily funded by The University of Scranton. The University was awarded a $1 million grant by the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for this project that required matching support from The University of Scranton.