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By George Guido
Friday, June 7, 2013, 1:11 a.m.
 

Water service in Allegheny Township is set to be expanded next year.

New Kensington water authority officials voted on Thursday night to expand service to 62 homes along White Cloud, Smail and Melwood roads.

The cost of the project will be about $428,000 and the new customers will pay between $88 and $103 quarterly for debt service.

The water authority will finance the project through a PennVEST loan with a 1.87 percent interest rate for 20 years.

Several months ago, Allegheny Township officials sent surveys to homeowners to gauge a desire for service.

The township received 27 yes votes and 17 no votes.

Allegheny Township supervisors next need to write an ordinance to authorize tap-ins, which will be about $2,350 each.

Meanwhile, the water authority will apply for a Penn-VEST round of funding by Aug. 11.

Officials hope to begin the waterline expansion next summer.

2013 improvements

New water pipes this summer to be done by water authority personnel include Church Street in New Kensington's Parnassus section, where the work is completed except for restoration.

Next up will be Alcoa Drive from McCandless Street to Richmond Street in Arnold.

After that will be Valley Street from Carl to Esther avenues in New Kensington and York and Yale drives in Lower Burrell.

2014 improvements

The water authority also voted to pursue a $6.2 million PennVEST loan to replace old waterlines in a number of places in the service area next year.

New plastic pipe will replace the traditional cast iron pipes.

• New Kensington streets earmarked for new water pipes include:

Craigdell Road; McLaughlin, Marlboro and Leed drives; Edgewood, Manor and Woodberry roads; Martin and Sherman avenues from Mead to the dead end; Freeport Road from Edgewood to McKean; the McKean plan and Sixth Avenue from Seventh to Second streets.

• Lower Burrell streets in the project include:

Arizona and Violet drives; Reimer Street and Texas Drive to the dead end; Reimer Street from Utah Drive to the dead end; Reimer Street from Leechburg Road to Utah; Kentucky Drive from Carl Avenue to Reed Street; Indiana Drive from Reimer to Delaware Drive; Montana Avenue from Southern Way to Edith Street; Edith Street and Michigan Avenue to Widmer Street and Chester Drive from Cleveland Drive to Leechburg Road.

• The length of Virginia Drive on both sides of the New Kensington-Lower Burrell border will be serviced, along with Arnold's Kimball Avenue, from Freeport Road to the 1700 block of Kimball.

The water authority hopes to get PennVEST funding by November and be set to start pipe replacement by next March.

Work on the Allegheny Township and waterline replacement projects will be done by Gibson-Thomas Engineering.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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