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State offers Murrysville $1.77 million to take ownership of Logan Ferry Road

| Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 9:03 p.m.

The long and winding road that leads from Plum to Murrysville might become Murrysville's responsibility in January.

Murrysville officials are considering taking ownership for 3.66 miles of Logan Ferry Road as part of a state take-back program that would provide the municipality $1.77 million to maintain the road. The municipality, which already has a contract for snow removal on the Murrysville-portion of the road, would be responsible for storm-water management and improvements to the rural road beginning at the county line.

“In the long run, Murrysville will probably put more money in that we get for it,” Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said. “But from a business standpoint, look at our customers in the area and it's worth it.”

The state had not included Logan Ferry for any major improvements in its current 12-year plan, officials said. If the municipality were to take over the road, engineer Joe Dietrick said he would propose several improvements, including resurfacing and improving the storm water management. During the improvements, which would take place as early as June, the road would be limited to one lane.

The state pays Murrysville $9,000 per year to remove snow from Logan Ferry Road. The municipality began clearing snow from the road because it is the main entry to several well-populated areas of the municipality and was a low-priority road for state snow removal, Dietrick said.

The municipality receives $2,500 per mile in liquid-fuels-tax revenue from the state for roads it maintains. However, in the case of Logan Ferry Road, it would receive $4,000 per mile annually.

If council agrees to take back the road, the municipality would take ownership Dec. 31 Morrison said. The municipality would receive payment from the state in April of 2014 so long as it takes ownership by Dec. 31. Waiting until Jan. 1 would delay payment until 2015, he said.

Council could vote on the move as early as Oct. 17.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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