Monroeville doubles paving budget; did your street make the list?
Monroeville council has more than doubled the amount it originally allocated for its repaving program.
Contractors will repair 31 miles of 70 municipal roads for $1.9 million. There will also be nine miles of unnamed roads to be paved.
Council approved $800,000 for road work when it passed its budget in December. Then, in March, council agreed to transfer about $1 million from the fund balance in an effort to get caught up on road repairs.
The municipality has fallen behind in maintaining its 110 miles of roads and 34 parking lots.
"We should be doing about seven miles of roads per year," said Paul Hugus, the municipality's engineering director in March. "And that's just to keep pace. And we are about 50 miles behind where we should be."
Council unanimously approved awarding a bid to Wampum-based Young Blood Paving Inc. for paving the roads and to O'Hara-based Russell Standard Corporation for seal coating.
Council awarded the bids to the two companies despite them coming in around $100,000 more than they agreed to spend in March.
Hugus said that's because of higher fuel prices at the pump.
"We don't want to fall behind anymore," said Councilman Eric Poach.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, email@example.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.