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Plans to replace Brownshill Road Bridge in O'Hara move forward

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Brownshill Road Bridge in O'Hara isn't slated to be rebuilt for several years but council is now moving forward with plans.

Township Engineer Chuck Steinert said council will this month seek engineering and design proposals for the concrete bridge that sits off Saxonburg Boulevard.

“It's all for budget's sake,” he said. “Council has been putting money aside, so while we have the money we should get the plans and figure out how much it will cost.”

The bridge is expected to be replaced in 2017.

Steinert said the life expectancy of the concrete and steel bridge is nearing its finish. It is a maintenance hassle each year during inspections, he said.

“The past few inspection cycles we've done repairs,” he said. “We spend $10,000 to $12,000 every time.”

The new bridge will necessitate a realignment of a portion of the road to make it wide enough to fit two vehicles. The existing bridge is narrow and has room for only one vehicle to cross it at a time.

“One car has to wait for the other to go across,” Steinert said.

Steinert said council has been socking away $50,000 a year in recent budgets to save for the cost of the reconstruction.

• Friday is the last day to request brush collection service by the township's road department.

Limbs and brush should be placed within four feet of the curb and should be in piles that are less than six cubic yards. Branches that are less than four inches wide should be less than eight feet long and those that are four to six inches wide cannot be longer than four feet.

Residents can call 412-782-1784, ext. 203 to request the service.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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