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Permit application filed, Murrysville sewer repair could take up to a year

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It likely will be several months before the faulty main sewer line in Murrysville will be fully fixed.

Officials with the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority filed a state permit application to replace its force main line — a sewer line that carries most of the sewage from Murrysville, Export and Delmont to a treatment plant — last week. But municipal officials say the permit application could take up to a year.

“It's a six- to 12-month timeline,” said Councilman Jeff Kepler, municipal liaison to the authority. “They've put in a request to speed it up a bit.”

Authority manager Jim Brucker was unavailable for comment. Assistant manager Kevin Kaplan said authority officials hope the process will move along quickly.

John Poister, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the department will review the application for completeness this week.

Poister said authority officials are trying to obtain a right of way for the ideal path for the new line. Currently, the force main crosses over Turtle Creek several times. That's not ideal under state regulations.

Brucker had proposed running the line along the Turtle Creek Railroad, which is slated to become part of a county rails-to-trails program. The authority is negotiating for the right of way for the property, Poister said.

Poister said authority officials hoped to have an agreement reached this week.

“They're very, very close but (have) not yet completed all rights of way, I'm told,” he said.

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

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