The Lafayette Street hill in Tamaqua will be closed several hours each day starting Saturday while Tamaqua Area High School students draw their renditions of historic artwork on the cement retaining wall, which will replace the old faded work that had been on the wall. Students have painted the wall white in preparation.
"We have been spending the last year researching, planning and practicing for the actual event," said organizer and art teacher Kim Woodward.
"The murals will showcase important architecture and historical images from Tamaqua's community heritage."
Some artists consist of McKenzie McVicker, Ryan Alicandri, Kendra Boyle, Jenny Beck, Alexa Hromyak, Zoe Snyder, Emma Rago, Alexis Higgins, Spencer DePue, Kyle Ruch, Abigale Agosti, Hannah Stott, Peter Sterling, Madison Valentine and Hannah Reed.
Woodward said the project is being funded by the Raider Foundation, as well as 15 local businesses.
The hill will be closed for several hours each day from Saturday, April 27 through Friday, May 3 during the project.
"That area will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from noon to 5 p.m. and on Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.," said Kevin Steigerwalt, borough manager. "The street will reopen at approximately 5 p.m. each day."
He said the schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions. The rain date for the work will be the week of May 12.
Drivers and pedestrians will need to take an alternate route when students are working. In the event of an emergency, the street will be opened as soon as possible. Questions may be directed to the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 East Broad St., or (570) 668-3444 or (570) 668-0300.