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Carnegie gets more than $800,000 Alcosan grant for storm sewer work

| Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

Carnegie has received more than $800,000 in grant money from Alcosan's Green Revitalization of Our Waterways program, borough Manager Steve Beuter said.

Beuter made the announcement at council's Oct. 9 meeting.

The borough was awarded about $826,000 for the Beechwood Street storm sewer separation project that could begin in the spring, Beuter said.

The grant will help cover 85 percent of the expected $971,000 price tag.

A large area along Beechwood is directing storm runoff to inlets that connect to a combined sewer. In addition, several catch basins along Broadway Street also connect to this combined sewer line.

In the application letter sent to Alcosan in March, Beuter explained that the proposed project would construct approximately 1,200 feet of 36-inch dedicated storm sewer to run from Chartiers Creek near the point of connection along Broadway Street, up to Broadway Street Extension.

Existing storm sewers from Beechwood would be connected to the new line. All storm inlets that are now connected to combined sewers will be replaced and connected to the new storm sewer.

Beuter said a significant reduction in combined sewer overflow is expected.

The borough also was reimbursed $121,000 for its Lot 10 revitalization project that was completed in 2015 and cost $153,215.

The East Main Street lot is near the post office. The work included the replacement of impervious parking islands with rain gardens to slow down stormwater runoff, as well as four new storm inlets.

Carnegie officials will seek about $68,400 in a Community Development Block Grant from the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development for the Beechwood Avenue sidewalk replacement project.

Beuter said the borough had submitted a preliminary application and was accepted to move forward with the full application. Council members approved a resolution at the Oct. 9 meeting to confirm the borough's application submission.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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