Excavation work to close Holland Street in Vandergrift
By George Guido
Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 12:21 a.m.
Holland Street in Vandergrift will be closed during the day starting Monday.
Engineers believe the ground beneath the Street is too weak to sustain traffic while an excavation ditch is being dug.
Motorists are asked to follow the detour signs in and out of the borough.
The Holland Street area is part of Vandergrift's initial phase of the stormwater/sewage separation project.
The $4 million project, funded by PennVEST, affects 350 property owners.
Ludlum: Sewage flood threatens business
Borough and state officials are scheduled to meet soon with ATI-Allegheny Ludlum steel officials concerning two recent stormwater/sewage overflows into the plant area.
The steelmaker told Vandergrift officials that it would lose about $1 million dollars per day if the plant had to close because of flooding, idling about 237 employees.
Borough Engineer Lucien Bove said an application has been made for the $10 million needed to complete the next phase of the stormwater/sewage project.
Phase II, the largest of the three construction phases, will affect about 1,200 homes and businesses.
In other business
• Vandergrift's Easter egg hunt will be at 11 a.m. March 23 in Kennedy Park.
• Jim Allera and Ron Aikins of Vandergrift Meals on Wheels attended Monday's council meeting and asked to use a portion of the borough's Kennedy Park to set up its program.
Meals on Wheels has been using the Greek Orthodox Church for 25 years, but Aikins and Allera said traffic in the area has made it dangerous for volunteers.
Vandergrift Councilman Lenny Collini suggested using the senior citizens center building, which is owned by the borough. It has a kitchen.
Several council members and Solicitor Larry Loperfito will meets with Meals on Wheels officials to discuss a possible lease.
• Collini said those wanting to apply for manager, assistant manager and lifeguards positions at the Vandergrift Pool can apply at the borough building during business hours.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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