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Irwin finalized road repair plan

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Irwin Council expects to get several paving projects under way this summer after approving its street-resurfacing project last week.

The street-resurfacing project has an estimated cost of $147,200 and targets six roadways. Officials pared the list down from 14 roadways to meet its $200,000 resurfacing budget, according to engineer Lucien Bove.

“We have to work to keep things within our budget,” borough manager Mary Benko said. “We will be adjusting some things with paving and drainage to make sure we can afford it all.”

Bove said Highland Avenue, a residential street which is about 1,500 feet long, needs to be completely resurfaced. He estimated it would cost the borough $70,800 to resurface.

“We have to do something with Highland Avenue,” Bove said. “If we're not going to pave Highland, we need to do something because it's in terrible condition.”

It was not included in the road-resurfacing program because it needs a lot of drainage work, public-works director Jim Halfhill said.

Officials plan to work on the drainage system along Highland Drive this summer, so patching areas instead of resurfacing the entire street might be more cost efficient, he said.

Officials plan to spend $165,250 to install 10 catch basins, a storm-water manhole and new pipelines, he said.

“We can do patching work in-house,” Halfhill said. “This will let us address the entire drainage problem, so next year, we can focus on doing the entire street.”

In addition to the Highland Drive drainage project, council approved plans to install eight catch basins and piping along Conley Drive, at an estimated cost of $66,000, and a catch basin and piping from Cypress Street to Ninth Street, at an estimated cost of $38,000.

The drainage projects would be covered by the borough's sewer and storm-water fund, not the street-paving budget, Benko said.

Bove said he plans to continue working with council throughout the bidding process because changes could be made as bids come in.

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

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