North Irwin considers changing some alleys to streets to increase funding
In an effort to rake in more funding from the state, officials in North Irwin are considering changing some alleys into streets for eligibility in the liquid-fuels funding program.
The Municipal Liquid Fuels Program, run by the state Department of Transportation, last year allocated about $11 million to counties across the state, which distribute funding to municipalities. North Irwin borough received $17,935.
There potentially are 10 alleys that could be converted into streets, Councilman Michael Schade said.
Funding from the state program supports a range of projects, such as construction and maintenance of public roads or streets. If the borough designates more of its alleys as streets, officials think they could secure additional funding from the program.
Allocations are based on the population of the municipality, as well as miles of roads on their approved liquid-fuel inventory.
To be placed on the system, a road must have a minimum of 33 feet of right of way in a township or 16 feet in a borough, according to PennDOT criteria.
The drivable surface must be at least 16 feet wide and 250 feet long. If the road has a dead end, it must have a cul-de-sac at the end with a minimum 40-foot radius, according to criteria.
To continue receiving funding through the program, a road must be maintained so it can be driven at 15 mph.
As part of the changes, Kim Macalus, council president, suggested holding a contest to allow borough children name the streets.
Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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