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Road paving project in Sewickley set to begin soon

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By David Paulk
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

A Sept. 8 deadline has Sewickley officials revving up this year's road paving project.

If the project isn't done by then, contractors could face penalties, borough manager Kevin Flannery said.

“They are mobilizing equipment this week,” Flannery said. “They have to be done by Sept. 8 — that's part of the contract.”

Sewickley leaders are anticipating spending $550,000 on five different roads throughout the borough, including Grimes Street, Harbaugh Street and portions of Beaver Street and Nevin Avenue, Flannery said.

When they originally sought bids, Flannery said borough leaders planned to spend about $473,000, but added $80,000 after council members decided to make additional improvements to Beaver Street.

“That puts us up to date with where we want to be with all of our roads,” Flannery said.

An additional $70,000 was set aside for anticipated projects later in September or October, Flannery said.

He said the road project is part of a 20-year plan to fix every street in Sewickley.

He estimated it would cost about $24 million to repair all of the roads.

“We're trying to do $700,000 each year to get caught up,” Flannery said.

“It'll take 20 years and then you're back doing it again.”

David Paulk is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5804

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