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Donegal Township road project gets more county funding

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In fall of 2012, Donegal Township's board of supervisors applied for and received $43,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding via Westmoreland County for planned repairs and upgrades to Ridge Road.

At a recent meeting, the board announced that the county agreed to allocate more than $24,000 in additional grant funding to the township to secure a contractor to complete the work.

“We're very appreciative of the county's decision to allocate this additional funding,” said Tom Stull, the board's chairman.

The money will be used to hire the lowest bidder for the work, El Grande Industries Inc. of Monessen, at a cost of $67,235, said Terri A. Yurcisin, deputy director of the county's Department of Community Development.

“We are fortunate enough to have the funds available to able to help them,” Yurcisin said. “Sometimes we're really tight on those funds.”

In the past year, increased erosion on the road in the area of several residences, along with damage wrought by torrential rain storms which hit the township in late August, prompted officials there to invest approximately $10,000 of township funds into keeping the road up to speed for motorists, Stull said.

Yurcisin said the work the township performed on its own influenced the county's decision to deliver the additional funding.

County commissioners approved the federal funding for the township, drawing from what the township is expected to receive over the next three years.

“Considering (the challenges) they've had, and that they did work themselves, that really draws us into the project and it made us more willing to donate the money,” Yurcisin said.

Planned work on the road involves the installation of new cross pipes, drains and precast, concrete inlets on an approximately a 12-mile, uphill stretch of the road near a cluster of township residences, Stull said.

A project start date has yet to be disclosed.

The goal is to have the work on Ridge Road completed before the start of winter, Stull said.

“That's what we're hoping,” he said.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the purchase of $600 worth of fire prevention materials to be dispensed to the Donegal Head Start Center, Donegal Elementary School and Champion Christian Elementary School by Bob Frye, president of Chestnut Ridge Fire Department.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or