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PennDOT deal clears way for Monroeville road repairs

| Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Monroeville council Tuesday approved an agreement with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which officials said could improve the efficiency of road repairs in the years ahead.

Council voted in favor of a five-year agreement that will allow Monroeville Public Works crews and PennDOT crews to assist with maintenance projects throughout the municipality, whether the road is owned by the municipality or the state.

So a Monroeville crew might repair a drainage malfunction on a state road, in exchange for a PennDOT crew paving a municipal road, according to the agreement.

Monroeville Public Works Director Mike Adams and a PennDOT representative would discuss a “value for value agreement,” said Monroeville Manager Tim Little at an Aug. 7 council workshop.

The projects would have to be of equal value and agreed upon by both Little and a PennDOT representative, Little said.

Council would not have to vote per project, because the resolution already is in place, however, council would be informed of a possible agreement.

“I don't know if it has to come to a meeting, but I would communicate (a pending agreement) to council,” Little said.

Officials from either side would have the right to perform a spot inspection of a project to ensure the work would be completed properly, according to the terms of the contract.

An agility agreement between PennDOT and a municipality is common throughout the state, PennDOT Spokesman Steve Cowan said.

“It's mutually beneficial for the department and the municipality,” Cowan said. “It might be the municipality mowing in an area the department can't get to on a regular timely basis, for a service that might be difficult for a municipality to provide.”

Council also discussed a proposed payment agreement with PennDOT for snow removal services. PennDOT would pay the municipality $13,000 for snow removal on about 5.5 miles of state roads. The cost per road varies based on the length of road and the number of lanes, according to the agreement.

Council tabled a vote until Little submits a request to PennDOT for more funding from PennDOT.

Councilman Steve Duncan said a $20 increase per ton of salt since last winter should warrant more funding from the state.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2369 or klawson@tribweb.com.

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