Second phase of Conneaut Lake revitalization project put on hold

By Jean Shanley
April 11, 2020

CONNEAUT LAKE — The second phase of a revitalization project in downtown Conneaut Lake has been put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bill Eldridge, chairman of the Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee (CLCDC), updated borough council on the project at its most recent meeting.

The project is to improve Water Street between Second and Third streets with lighting, sidewalks and pavement.

It is a PennDOT project with a grant of $485,000 from PennDOT, which put the hold on the project, Eldridge said. PennDOT officials were to be in town April 1 to review the project, but that did not happen and PennDOT halted action on the project, he said.

Eldridge said he was very disappointed because he and other CLCDC members have worked very hard on this project.

Eldridge said he is concerned that if the project is postponed too long that some of the better construction companies may not bid on it since larger projects might be going out for bid at the same time.

The first phase of the multi million dollar revitalization project included improvements to Fireman’s Beach and to Water Street from First to Second streets.

The revitalization project has a 20-year long-range program for updates to the borough, Eldridge said.