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Project starts to get Shaler's Fall Run Road up and running

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Bethany Hofstetter | Pine Creek Journal
Shaler Township officials are working on a plan to reopen Fall Run Road, which runs between Route 8 and Middle Road. The road has been closed since October 2011 after township officials decided deterioration and landslides made the road unsafe for vehicle traffic.
Pine Creek Journal
Shaler Township officials are working on a plan to reopen Fall Run Road, which runs between Route 8 and Middle Road. The road has been closed since October 2011 after township officials decided deterioration and landslides made the road unsafe for vehicle traffic. Bethany Hofstetter | Pine Creek Journal

Shaler Township officials are looking to start the second phase of a project that ultimately will reopen Fall Run Road between Route 8 and Middle Road.

Last week, the township finance committee voted to recommend to the full board that township staff apply for a Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant to finance the second half of a project that will relocate Fall Run Road away from a slide-prone hillside.

Shaler Township received a $100,000 grant last year from the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund, which is funded through gambling revenues, to complete the first phase of the project, with township officials committing $60,000 of municipal money.

The first phase, now being completed, involves cutting into the hillside to move the road after the respective companies relocated utilities. The second phase will complete the construction of a 1,250-foot section of road at a cost of $200,944.

“We're literally building a new Fall Run Road as a result of Fall Run Road falling into Fall Run Park,” said Tim Rogers, township manager.

In the past five years, Fall Run Road had gone from a two-lane road to a one-way street because of narrow road conditions and site distance. Two years ago, township officials closed the road to vehicle traffic because landslide conditions were affecting the width and stability of the road.

Following the committee vote, finance committee chairman Jim Boyle conducted an unofficial straw poll of the board of commissioners present ahead of the Tuesday, April 9, board meeting when the board will take a formal vote on the resolution.

“We do not want to lose $200,000,” Boyle said. “We don't usually do business like this, but we're not going to find $200,000 in our pockets.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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