North Huntingdon commissioners target roads for preliminary summer paving plan

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 8:06 p.m.

The North Huntingdon commissioners could pave up to six miles of roads during their summer road paving program.

The township might have to pare down the preliminary list of roads to meet its $800,000 budget, which includes an additional $400,000 as part of the commissioners' reserve fund spending plan, according to manager John Shepherd.

Township officials estimated the preliminary list of roads comes with a $832,226 price tag, according to Shepherd.

The commissioners' plans include repaving portions of Nathan and Nicole drives, which were repaved last year with a microsurfacing mix, as alternate bids, which would be done if any of the budget were left over.

Public works director Rich Albert said the microsurfacing process, which involves installing a thin layer of asphalt over an existing roadway, is a cost-efficient paving method.

“There's no problem with the mix,” he said. “It's not the product, it's the aesthetics — they don't like the look of it in their neighborhood.”

The microsurfacing process requires crews to install a thin layer of asphalt on top of a roadway, in hopes of sealing it and preventing further damages.

Commissioner Tony Martino said he receives complaints about Nathan and Nicole drives on a regular basis. None of the residents were happy with how the roads turned out, he said.

“It looks like a landing strip,” Martino said.

Shepherd said microsurfacing may be good for rural roads, but officials should avoid using it in housing plans.

Shepherd said officials plan to finalize the list of streets for discussion during the March 14 workshop meeting, and take a final vote during the April 17 voting meeting.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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