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Road projects through Plum set to start this spring

| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A variety of road and infrastructure improvements are planned in Plum, starting in the spring.

Council last week voted to approve spending about $1 million for the projects that include repaving nearly 20 streets, a dozen of which are located in the Logans Ferry section of the borough.

Also, $200,000 is expected to be spent on a storm-sewer replacement on Clements Road at Halliwell Drive.

Officials hope to have recommendations for council to award contracts for the work in March, assistant manager Greg Bachy said.

Storm sewer projects, including one on Oblock Road from Great Smokey Drive to Alcan Drive, are expected to be completed by public-works staff.

Other work on the list is a culvert project on Holiday Park Drive, repair of a landslide on Repp Road and a detention-pond job on Oblock Road.

“The work will happen any time from May through October,” Manager Michael Thomas said.

Money for the work is from four sources — the street improvement and liquid fuels funds, a bond issue and the general fund — Thomas said.

“This is the first year council has authorized all the projects in one fell swoop in one season,” Thomas said.

“In the past, they authorized them piecemeal.”

The streets that are on the repaving list in Logans Ferry are: Allegheny Avenue, Cherry Way, Cliff Avenue, Dell Avenue, Dombroski Avenue, Kertis Avenue, Memorial Drive, Plum Avenue, Shady Avenue, Short Street, Summit Avenue and Zandona Street.

Bachy said the work in Logans Ferry is expected to be completed in about a two-week period of time.

“They will go street by street,” Bachy said.

“Hopefully, it will be in the summer when there are no school buses.”

The other streets listed for repaving are Clements Road, Anderson Lane, Scott Road (from Francis to Unity Center), Meadow Hill Drive and Center Hill Road.

Thomas said staff members in borough engineer Robert Mitall's office are expected to coordinate the projects with the outside contractors.

Public-works director Bill Berchick is set to retire April 1, Thomas said. Berchick plans to take on the role of consultant as construction wraps up on the new public-works facility.

Thomas said the move to the new building off Renton Road is expected to take place around June 1.

A portion of the new public-works facility — the salt storage building — has been completed, Thomas said.

Construction of a 21,000-square-foot building and garage with a capacity for 25 vehicles, bays for mechanics and lifts for vehicles, is under way on borough property between Renton Road and Old Leechburg Road.

The current public-works facility is located at the borough building site off New Texas Road.

Also planned at the new site are offices, a training room, restrooms, locker rooms and a kitchen area.

The site will have parking, including 25 employee spaces.

The public-works department is being restructured with two employees promoted to administrative positions — one to oversee the streets and roads portion of the department and another to manage the buildings and grounds operation, Thomas said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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