Leetsdale leaders consider road-opening rules

Bobby Cherry
| Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

As nearby municipalities have utility crews repairing aging lines underneath roads and Leetsdale officials look toward paving season in the community, leaders soon could take a look into the borough's ordinances regarding when utilities can tear up streets.

“Everyone would cry if one of the utilities comes in and tears up a big chunk of it,” borough Solicitor Megan Ott said about road-paving work set to begin later this year.

As of now, the fees utilities pay to tear up a road, called street-opening fees, start at $600, according to the borough's application. A cost of $2 per square foot is added to the total.

Those fees could rise along, and rules on how the road should be paved afterward could change.

“One thing that we can put into this ordinance is that rather than (having those who open the road) patch a little hole, that (they) patch from curb to curb,” Ott said.

Borough engineer Dan Slagle said utility companies would be most affected by the ordinance.

“Whenever there's (an issue), they'll come out, and they'll open up a 4-by-4 hole in your asphalt and say, ‘Oops, it's not here,' They'll go down another 15 feet and open up another 4-by-4 hole,” he said. “Next thing you know, you have about six of these together, and it looks like a quilt.

“This ordinance would require that utility companies hurting your road system — that after (they) open up a certain number of sequences that they repave the entire section of road, curb to curb, rather than just pieces.”

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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