Orange Barrels in Cumberland PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Becky McClarran   
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 18:25

Anyone who has gone down Mechanic Street in the center of Downtown Cumberland in the past several months has had to maneuver several orange and black barrels. The barrels are part of a 1.8 million dollars project begun in early April by the city of Cumberland.  Funding for the project came from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Community Development Block Grant and city funds. Completion of the project is expected by November 1.

The project included new ADA compliant sidewalks, mill and overlay from Bedford Street to Howard Street, the replacement of 58 manhole frame and lids on the entire length of Mechanic Street and some infrastructure repairs.


“The barrels have been up since the beginning of the project and we have received several queries about why they are still up,” commented Kim Root, Contract Labor Compliance Specialist for the City of Cumberland Engineering Division. “The answer is two-fold. First, for the safety of the workers and second, we have found that keeping the same status was better for our drivers. Instead of taking the barrels up and down, minimizing the changes helped traffic on Mechanic Street recognize a consistent traffic pattern. Final paving should be completed by November 1.”


For more information about the City of Cumberland’s Engineering Division, visit

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