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North Huntingdon township panels to split cost of road repair

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The North Huntingdon Township Municipal Authority and township commissioners plan to share the cost of repairing six roads in the Country Hills neighborhood.

The two entities agreed last week to share the costs of repairing roads affected by the Country Hills sewer line replacement project, according to Mike Turley, assistant township manager.

NHTMA officials estimated it would cost the municipal authority $181,000 to repair Laurel Avenue, Deerfield Drive, Greenfield Court, Country Hills Drive, Sweetbriar Drive and Fairwood Drive, Turley said.

“They're going to move ahead with their project this year, and dig trenches to replace the lines,” Turley said. “After the roads and trenches settle for a year, we'll come in and repave the roads during the summers of 2014 and 2015, so it will be a better product in the end.”

Officials estimated it would cost $282,000 to repave the streets from curb to curb, leaving the township to cover the remaining $101,000, Turley said.

In other news

North Huntingdon officials plan to pay off its new street sweeper in an effort to continue spending down its $5.8 million reserve fund.

The township purchased the sweeper in February for about $217,000, according to public works superintendent Rich Albert.

The commissioners plan to spend about $2.2 million of its reserve fund, Shepherd said. In addition to the street sweeper, their spending plan includes dedicating an additional $400,000 to the 2013 road program, and paying off the $1.8 million mortgage on the public works building.

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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