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Aspinwall paving plan in works

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Before Councilman Joe Giuffre leaves his post at the end of the year, he hopes to have a plan outlined for road work in Aspinwall.

Giuffre, who is not seeking re-election to council but is running uncontested for the Democratic mayoral nomination, said he and public-works foreman Lee Albacker recently toured the borough to see what streets need paving and brick work.

He said he plans to finalize that list and hopes to setup a plan to have the work completed in the next few years.

“I'd like to at least have the next three to five years identified,” Giuffre said.

The list would go to the borough engineer so the borough can have a cost estimate. Money from tax revenue could be dedicated to road work, he said.

“Maybe we'd have to do a half a mill for the next two years or something and go into a special account,” Giuffre said.

He said he has researched grant money for paving, but funding is difficult to find.

“For paving, there's not much out there,” Giuffre said.

A study done by students from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh as part of the Allegheny Together program looked at various parts of the community, including roads and signs, Councilman Joe Warren said. That work could be used to help plan a paving program.

“Some of the work overlaps with what their study is,” Warren said.

Borough workers could replace some small areas of bricks, as they did last year, Giuffre said. But there is not much of that kind of work to be done.

“There's not too many small areas,” Giuffre said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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