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Traffic control plans finalized for School Road in Plum

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

School Road will be restricted to one-way traffic from Old Leechburg Road to Center New Texas Road beginning Aug. 1.

The move is being made to accommodate increased bus and car traffic on School Road with students from Adlai Stevenson Elementary attending the former Pivik Elementary.

“We met with the borough and the traffic engineer (Trans Associates),” Plum School District Superintendent Timothy Glasspool told school board members during last week's facilities committee meeting. “It will open up to two lanes going one way (closer to the schools). We will have signage so people know which way to enter AS@P (Adlai Stevenson at Pivik) and (the new) Pivik.”

The two schools are located on opposite sides of the street.

Adlai Stevenson students are scheduled to attend the former Pivik building during the construction of the new Holiday Park Elementary at the Adlai site. The construction project, estimated at $18 million, is expected to take about 14 months, district officials have said.

Glasspool said the new traffic pattern is scheduled to start Aug. 1 so drivers will be familiar with School Road as a one-way street by the time school starts in late August.

The superintendent said officials also plan to hire two additional crossing guards for School Road. The estimated cost is $18,000.

Officials also updated board members with other key dates related to the Adlai Stevenson move as well as the construction of the new Holiday Park Elementary.

Dennis Russo, the district's representative for the project, said the site plan application for the new building was submitted to the borough last week for planning commission review. The planning commission makes recommendations to Plum Council.

Russo also said demolition of the Adlai Stevenson building is scheduled to begin June 10.

Also, equipment from the building is expected to be auctioned June 15. Construction of the new building is scheduled to start in July.

Russo said painting and patching has been completed at the former Pivik building.

“It looks phenomenal,” said Adlai Stevenson Principal Jason Knisely.

School staff also is working on room assignments and taking videos of the former Pivik building to show students who may have some anxieties about moving, Knisely said.

The first- through third-grade classrooms will be on the first floor. Fourth- through sixth-graders will be on the second floor, Knisely said.

“We will be packing and moving at the end of the school year,” Knisely said.

District facilities Director Robert Holleran said other work at the former Pivik is to include a sewer line repair and a backflow preventer replacement. The school also is being cleaned.

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

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