Richland supervisors planning for turning lanes on Route 8
Richland supervisors have hired Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and H2 Engineering Services of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, to appraise 17 strips of commercial and residential properties needed for new turning lanes at Route 8 and Ewalt Road.
The supervisors voted Jan. 7 to accept the firms' bids to perform the appraisals at a total cost of about $15,000.
Affected commercial properties include Bakerstown Antiques, Pettinato Chiropractic Center, the Rite Aid pharmacy and Atria's restaurant, all on Route 8.
PennDOT plans to use up to $1.3 million in federal dollars to widen Route 8 and construct new lanes for left turns onto Ewalt Road, plus, a new lane for southbound Route 8 motorists turning onto Cook Road.
In September, PennDOT awarded a contract to construct the traffic improvements to A. Folino Construction Inc. of Oakmont.
Dean Bastianini, manager of Richland Township, expects properties to be acquired this year to clear the way for relocation of utility lines in 2014, and construction of the turning lanes in 2015.
Richland Township is contributing about $1.66 million to the project's estimated $2.9 million cost.
“All of the local contribution is from transportation impact fees, not township tax dollars,” Bastianini said.
Richland already has spent $403,500 in transportation impact fees — collected from developers — on design engineering costs for the forthcoming traffic improvements.
In August, Richland supervisors unanimously approved an agreement with PennDOT to contribute an additional $944,620 to the project to cover the estimated cost of acquiring strips of land and relocating utility lines to accommodate the road improvements.
“It's our responsibility to acquire the rights-of-way,” Bastianini said. “Water, electric and telephone utilities will be relocated from the east to the west side of the road (Route 8).”
Only strips of land will be being taken or reserved for temporary construction easements, according to Bastianini.
“It is important to note that not all of the properties are being acquired,” Bastianini said.
The Folino construction firm has hired Keystone Acquisition Services Corporation of Ross Township to negotiate with affected property owners to determine how much compensation each property owner will receive for their land.
“They'll (Keystone) work with the appraisal firms that we've hired to do this work,” Bastianini said.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- New position brings uniformed officer into Shaler Area buildings
- Northern Tier librarian discusses life, pursuits
- New AP courses considered at Hampton
- State Rep. English to meet with Richland residents to hear ideas, concerns
- Ingomar MOPS offers discussions, videos, social time
- North Hills Middle School posts 5th-best improved score
- 7 North Allegheny schools see dip in state scores
- Pine-Richland High School tops county in state performance profile
- Hampton DAR chapter works to serve community, military members
- Wexford church’s candlelight evening brings the past to life