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PENNVEST awards $1.85M grant as part of $5.5M financing package for Trafford

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By Chris Foreman

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 10:06 a.m.

Trafford Borough is getting a nearly $1.85-million state grant as part of a $5.5-million financing package to replace 2 ½ miles of sanitary-sewage pipelines.

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, or PENNVEST, awarded the remaining $3.65 million through a 30-year loan with 1 percent interest.

The financing package was among $60 million worth of funding for projects around the state that the PENNVEST board approved during a meeting in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

“To actually get that much of a grant, and to get fully approved on the first time of applying, is outstanding,” Trafford Councilman John Daykon said.

The funding will enable Trafford to eliminate excess storm water that gets into the sewage system and contributes to discharges of diluted but untreated wastewater from the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority's treatment systems during heavy rains, state officials said. Alcosan is planning a multibillion-dollar construction project mandated by the federal government to address the issue system-wide.

Trafford officials have projected that it will cost about $530,000 to replace the worst sections of the borough's sewage infrastructure, but they decided to fix other aging lines, too.

“I think our approach of really replacing the lines properly, and not doing a patchwork job, had a lot to do with them wanting to give us money to do it because we were doing it for a long, long fix, not a short-term fix,” Councilman Casey Shoub said.

Don Glenn, the borough's engineer, has been planning for the borough to solicit project bids early this year.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or




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