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Hearing suggested on Speedway plans in Dravosburg

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 2:11 a.m.

Dravosburg council authorized Glenn Engineering Associates to talk with Speedway LLC about the corporation's third planned fueling station in the Mon Valley.

In February, the Ohio-based corporation approached the borough with plans to build a fueling station on the Striffler Family Funeral Homes property at the intersection of Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard and Bettis Road — both state roadways. To maintain proper traffic flow, the corporation requested ingress and egress from the borough-owned Luscombe Lane.

During Tuesday's council meeting, borough officials said they received a letter indicating that the Speedway-contracted EADS Group could not draw an accurate site plan without borough approval of access through Luscombe Lane.

“I would have to see a plan before I could give council a recommendation to use Luscombe Lane,” engineer David Gilliland of Glenn Engineering Associates explained. “We can't say ‘OK' until we see a plan.”

Councilors questioned how traffic will be filtered through a neighborhood where the nearby Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory already causes backups.

“How are they going to handle the traffic flow during peak hours at Bettis?” Councilwoman Michelle Vezzani asked. “That is so congested.”

Borough officials suggested having a public hearing on the matter so that Speedway and PennDOT officials can answer traffic-related questions. They said there is an interest in welcoming the business to town, but they want to make sure the location is safe.

Other sites under contract for Speedway developments include E. Fifth Avenue in McKeesport and Route 30 in North Versailles Township.

In other business, council approved:

• An ordinance designating a fire zone along Scott Alley between Christina and Raymond Streets, based on a recommendation by Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1.

The new law prohibits parking to allow better access for emergency vehicles, and there are fines associated with violating it.

“It needed to be done,” Councilman Greg Wilson said. “It's not a safe road for a vehicle to come through, especially an emergency vehicle.”

• An $137,396 bid from Morgan Excavating for the reconstruction of Elizabeth Street, which connects Duquesne Avenue to Corinne Street.

“It's a complete restoration,” council president Jay McKelvey said last month. “It's a slag alley. It will be repaved, and we will put in new storm sewers.”

The project will be funded by a $145,000 Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant, facilitated by state Sen. James R. Brewster with the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. Bids were opened on Aug. 28 at the Steel Valley Council of Governments office.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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