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Trafford sewer work to begin by early fall

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Construction on the state-mandated sewage project in Trafford is expected to start in late summer or early fall, borough officials said last week.

Trafford officials are embarking on a project to replace or repair five sections of sanitary-sewer lines throughout the borough.

As part of the work, construction crews will repave Seventh Street — from Forest Avenue to Prospect Avenue — and a section of Bellauwood Boulevard. New sewage pipes are being installed beneath those streets.

Elsewhere in the borough, most of the work will happen on private properties. Borough officials received easements from 51 property owners, but condemned portions of nine other properties so they could obtain rights-of-way through a court order under eminent-domain law.

The work also is scheduled to include the installation of a new water line on Seventh Street. The Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority will complete that work at no cost to Trafford.

The existing water line under Seventh has broken in a few sections in recent years, officials said.

“Once they get the water line in there, that problem will go away,” Council President Rich Laird said.

Trafford already has a head start on acquiring funding that officials said will keep the cost of the project lower for ratepayers. The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority is giving Trafford a $3.65-million, 30-year loan with 1 percent interest and a $1.85-million grant.

“If we weren't fortunate to get the PENNVEST loan, we would have had to go for conventional financing, which is a lot more expensive (because of the interest rate),” engineer Don Glenn.

Glenn also is planning to apply for a grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The maximum amount available is $150,000.

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

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