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Hulton Bridge project impact gauged

| Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

Even with the Hulton Bridge replacement project in full gear, day-to-day operations at the nearby Allegheny Valley Joint Sanitary Authority treatment plant shouldn't be affected.

Officials at an authority meeting on Wednesday night said the lot next to a treatment area closest to the Hulton Bridge will be used as a staging area for construction on the Harmar side of the Allegheny River.

The only problem with the staging area location is that the authority would like to replace its traveling bridge and the device that is used to break up solids for treatment.

The sewage plant's bridge rotates continuously over treatment pools and allows maintenance people to access areas in need of repair.

Brayman Construction workers related to the bridge project have demolished vacated rowhouses and businesses on the side of the aging Hulton Bridge closest to the sewage treatment plant.

Brayman has built an access road across the railroad tracks near the plant.

The $65 million Hulton Bridge replacement is expected to be finished in 2015.

In other business

• The authority's next board meeting will be moved to Nov. 20 from Nov. 27 because of Thanksgiving.

Next year's budget will be voted on in December.

• The board approved a $6,700 payment to Carlucci Construction of Cheswick to repair a manhole on Colfax Street in Springdale that was damaged because of use by heavy industrial trucks.

The manhole collar was cracked, and 16 inches of concrete and new brickwork were needed to reinforce the cylinder.

A $1,650 payment to FCX Performance was approved for repairing the motor at the Guys Run Road pump station.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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