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Tarentum in a quandary regarding its efforts to redo Route 366 median

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 12:26 a.m.
In this photo from last week, Tarentum's street department works on the Route 366 (Bull Creek Road) median. Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017.
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
In this photo from last week, Tarentum's street department works on the Route 366 (Bull Creek Road) median. Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017.

Tarentum Council may have to consider other options for the Route 366 median.

The plan was to rip out the vegetation in the center of the median, replace that with red stone and reduce vegetation down to 25 feet on each end.

But a borough official says Tarentum doesn't have enough stone to fill the space, and she doesn't know if more stone is something the borough is willing to pay for.

“We would just have to talk about how much more we would really want to spend,” Council Vice President Erika Josefoski said. “Do we have the money? Probably. But I don't know how much money we want to spend on this project.

“We might have to get creative and come up with a more creative way to move forward with it.”

The borough bought the red stone and a weed barrier for about $7,000.

Josefoski said the company the borough got the stone from calculated the amount they would need based on the square footage of the median and a “2-inch thickness of rocks.” The strip is 15,000-square feet.

Josefoski said the problem has to do with the makeup of the ground in the median.

She said there was a lot of clay and bad dirt, so when borough workers were laying the stone, they ended up needing more than the company had anticipated.

The issue delayed the median work, which the borough hoped to complete last week .

Josefoski said she planned to bring up the issue to council during an executive session Tuesday, which was being held to discuss personnel issues.

“While I have everybody there, I was hoping I could get a general feel for how everybody wants to handle it,” she said.

“We certainly didn't budget for this in 2017, specifically for this project. We do have funds budgeted for landscaping, just generally. We have a little bit of room to work with, but not a whole lot.”

She said one option the borough could consider may be thinning and spreading out the stone that's already there, clearing out the brush and leaving more space on each end.

Attempts to reach Josefoski for comment again later Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Josefoski said the borough's Street Department will continue doing median work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Wednesday and Thursday .

Borough police officers will once again be on scene to direct traffic, Josefoski said.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702, mczebiniak@tribweb.com or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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