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Monroeville council OKs funding pact for road improvement project

| Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 7:46 a.m.
(c) 2012 Lillian DeDomenic
The intersection of Monroeville Boulevard and Carouso Drive will soon be getting a new traffice light and turning lane. The intersection has been the site of numerous accidents and thre deaths in recent years. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express
(c) 2012 Lillian DeDomenic
The intersection of Monroeville Boulevard and Carouso Drive will soon be getting a new traffice light and turning lane. The intersection has been the site of numerous accidents and thre deaths in recent years. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express

A potentially life-saving road improvement project at a Monroeville intersection, where three deaths occurred between 2003 and 2007, is coming to fruition, a councilwoman said.

On Tuesday night, Monroeville council approved entering into a funding agreement with Allegheny County to add a traffic signal and turning lanes at Monroeville Boulevard and Caruso Drive.

There are no turning lanes for eastbound drivers making a left from Monroeville Boulevard to Caruso Drive, near the Caruso plan residential development, and for westbound drivers turning left into the Corporate One Office Park. The area is consequently a very hazardous area to navigate, Councilwoman Diane Allison said.

In 2007, Monroeville resident Cody Moy, 20, the son of a state trooper, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car at the intersection.

The county owns Monroeville Boulevard, but Monroeville is responsible for maintaining the lights, said Allison, who helped spearhead the funding agreement.

“This is one of the really good things to be part of in working with government and be able to bring this to conclusion,” said Allison, who said council members in previous administrations tried for at least 15 years to get the improvements, but financial constraints blocked the project.

Now, with a $175,000 grant Monroeville received from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, the municipality is contributing $580,000 to the $638,296 project, according council's resolution. The county grant is from the Pennsylvania Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund. Monroeville's contribution includes $200,000 in savings from a bond refinance, Allison said.

The county separately is contributing $75,000 to the project. It will solicit bids for the work, which will begin in the spring, Allison said.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or tparrish@tribweb.com.

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