Fox Chapel's Field Club Road preparing for paving
By Tawnya Panizzi
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Portions of Field Club Road in Fox Chapel will be closed to traffic this week while crews prepare it for paving.
One of the most heavily traveled roads in the borough, Field Club was made a priority on this year's improvement program, borough manager Gary Koehler said.
Highland Road, which sits past the high school on the other side of Powers Run, will also be paved. Koehler said council wanted to concentrate on those two after having completed Squaw Run, at a cost of about $750,000, last year.
“We wanted to do the most heavily traveled roads first and then work into secondary roads,” he said.
Crews are expected to finish prep work this week along the lower portion of Field Club.
“We only have one more pipe to lay,” Koehler said.
“Next we'll move on to the section between Fox Chapel and the (Fox Chapel Area) high school where there are several pipes to replace.”
Koehler said the rolling closures will effect traffic between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Crews open the road weekdays just before school lets out for bus access.
The prep work is necessary to ensure the paving is done properly, Koehler said.
Field Club Road has stretches where the existing stormwater pipes and basins are cracked or rotted, he said.
“We don't want to pave over bad pipe and have to dig it back up,” he said.
Crews are replacing the tin basins and clay pipes with plastic, which isn't as apt to crack. Also, they are installing drains on the edge of the road to divert water from running underneath and causing potholes.
“We're putting cuts on either side of road and having the water travel there,” Koehler said. “It's all part of making sure money we spend on the drains lasts.”
Bids will be opened April 24. Koehler said this year brings a unique twist to the road contracts since the borough will be conducting a joint bid with O'Hara and Sharpsburg.
“The larger the contract the better,” he said. “A lot of the cost for road contracts is mobilization of equipment into an area. It makes sense if communities can band together and save money.”
Work is not expected to start until late summer.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or email@example.com.
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