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Making Freeport Road safer one project suggested for Aspinwall

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Council President Mark Ellermeyer wants his fellow officials to start considering at least three long-term projects for Aspinwall.

One is looking at the way the part of Freeport Road that passes through Aspinwall is handled. He noted that the part of the road that goes through Sharpsburg is named Main Street, has a lower speed limit and offers more parking spaces.

“I'd like us to consider pursuing a change in the way PennDOT administers Freeport Road through Aspinwall,” Ellermeyer said.

With the Aspinwall Riverfront Park coming and a new intersection proposed at Brilliant Avenue to serve as an entrance to the park, lowering the speed limit would be an attempt to make the road safer.

Ellermeyer also said he wants Aspinwall to work with Allegheny County on maintaining Delafield Road.

There is an entrance ramp to Route 28 off the road, which also is the main access to the VA Hospital. That leads to heavy car and bus traffic.

“It's not going to get into better shape on its own,” Ellermeyer said.

A sound wall for the portion of Route 28 that is near Aspinwall homes also should be discussed, Ellermeyer said. The wall could limit noise from the highway and also protect homes from debris from the road. The issue has been discussed before.

Within the next few months, Ellermeyer said he would like council to start discussing those projects. He said it likely will require work from council before any decisions are made.

“I think these are things that are going to take time,” Ellermeyer 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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