Scott officials target Swallow Hill Road for repaving
The “terrible” condition of Swallow Hill Road brought residents to last week's Scott commissioners meeting, but officials say it will be addressed soon.
A handful of residents came to the March 12 board meeting in response to fliers that advertised the meeting and asked, “Do you think that Swallow Hill needs to be replaced?”
“Swallow Hill Road's a mess,” said Vito Cedro, who lives on the adjacent Crosswinds Drive. “Anybody who's driven up that — I mean, your car's out of alignment the day you put it in. It's a disgrace to the township.”
Resident Rita Manski, a bus driver for Chartiers Valley School District, said students “literally bounce out of their seats” because of the road's condition.
President Thomas Castello said the commissioners discussed the state of the heavily traveled road — ambulances traveling to St. Clair Hospital use it, as do Port Authority and school buses — during the budget process last fall. The intention is to fix the road this fall.
“That's the goal,” Castello said. “That's what we discussed in our budget meetings.”
Because Swallow Hill Road is concrete and not asphalt, it will cost in the neighborhood of $1.5 million to replace. Scott usually budgets about $450,000 for road improvements each year, Vice President David Jason said.
Jason said commissioners discussed a tax increase for road improvements two years ago but ultimately decided against it.
“A 1-mill increase would really help the road program,” Jason said.
Commissioner Bill Wells said he didn't want the tax increase because it wouldn't have helped Swallow Hill Road.
Castello said township officials sought grants for replacement of the road but were unsuccessful. They now plan to issue bonds to raise money for repairs to the road and the sewer lines in the township.
Wells said he received about a dozen calls and several emails about the condition of Swallow Hill Road in the week leading up to the meeting.
“This board is well aware that it has to be done,” Wells said. “Now we have to react upon it and get it done.”
Castello objected to that and said repairs always were in the plans.
“We have talked since last fall about getting it done,” Castello said. “It's not just like it just came up today.”
Engineer Larry Lennon updated the commissioners on a feasibility study for sewer-line repairs related to the issue of storm water running into sanitary sewers.
Lennon discussed three lines the township shares with neighboring municipalities — two with Mt. Lebanon and one with Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park.
The repairs Lennon proposed would cost Scott slightly more than $9 million; the neighboring municipalities' shares vary. Scott officials plan to include use money from the planned bond issue for the repairs.
Lennon will submit his proposals to officials of the other communities with the intent of using them for the feasibility study.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.