PennDOT to keep focus on repairs
PennDOT will continue focusing on road and bridge repairs, rather than new construction, this construction season in Butler and Armstrong counties, its regional executive says.
Locally, key projects include improvements to Route 356 and Route 28 in Buffalo Township.
Another project of interest this year is construction on Saxonburg's Main Street that will be in keeping with the town's historical character.
District Executive Joseph Dubovi said funding has been flat. But with more attention having been paid to bridge repairs lately, Dubovi said, “We still have to keep doing the bridge work but the roadways are getting worse.”
“We're trying to juggle both,” said Dubovi, who said PennDOT has been using a Band-Aid approach for roads by patching and sealing instead of repaving.
Projects for the Alle-Kiski Valley this construction season include:
• Saxonburg: Construction of new sidewalks, curbing, handicapped-accessible ramps, landscaping and street lighting on Main Street between Pittsburgh Street and North and South Rebecca streets.
The $1.2 million project will be completed by August.
• Route 28 at Exit 17: New traffic signal at the end of the Route 28 ramp at the Butler/Freeport exit and Route 356 in Buffalo Township.
PennDOT is installing the new light because of traffic accidents and back-ups to Route 28, according to Paul Koza, assistant district executive. The project is expected to cost less than $500,000.
• Route 28 near Exit 16: PennDOT will repair a Route 28 southbound bridge in Buffalo Township near the Millerstown Freeport exit (Exit 16) in Harrison.
• Route 356: Traffic signal updates at existing traffic lights on Route 356 in Buffalo Township.
Further down the road
There are other projects planned for 2014-16, but many are not yet budgeted.
• Clinton Township: PennDOT wants to change the intersection of Route 228 and Saxonburg Boulevard. The agency plans to improve the “Y” intersection because sight lines are difficult. Also, the update is important for future development in the area, according to Brian Allen, assistant district executive.
The project is state funded but not until 2016, Allen said.
• Winfield: PennDOT wants to replace a bridge on Winfield Road over Little Buffalo Creek. The 33-foot bridge project is expected to cost in the lower range of $1 million to $5 million, according to Allen. Construction money hasn't been approved.
• Buffalo Township: Repave a 4.5-mile section of road from the intersection of Route 228 and Route 356 to Saxonburg Boulevard. The project is not yet funded.
Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Second teen charged in Jan. 1 Tarentum shooting
- Leechburg Road to reopen after two-vehicle accident
- Radioactive radon permeates Western Pennsylvania homes
- Woman killed in Washington Township crash
- Tarentum service honors legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
- New Kensington-Arnold School District considers bond issue
- Corps advises to haul radioactive waste out of Parks Township dump
- Harrison man retiring to end 20-year NFL officiating career
- South Butler County School District offers free Pre-K program
- Federal agencies reach agreement on Parks nuke dump cleanup
- Lower Burrell man charged with stealing copper from Brestensky’s closed meat-packing plant