Share This Page

Another option for fixing Baldwin roads

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

Seal coating recently paved streets in Baldwin Borough could preserve the road surfaces for an additional five years, the engineer said.

The project, also known as “tar and chipping,” could reduce the cost of what officials had planned to spend on certain streets this year — where entire roads had been planned to be redone — and allow for more alleys and streets to be fixed, officials said.

Borough engineer Larry Souleret told council members on Tuesday that he will look into the cost of seal coating before officials vote next month on the 2013 road paving program.

There is $800,000 budgeted for road improvements this year, an increase of $50,000 from last year.

Souleret identified 15 streets in the northern end of the borough and 15 in the southern portion that should be paved this year. The roads were selected based on a ranking system created two years ago.

“We're going to go out and take another look at these,” he said.

If borough officials move forward with a seal coating program, it would be through a separate contract than the road paving program, they said.

“I think that's going to be a big savings for us,” Councilman John “Butch” Ferris said.

Public hearing

Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building to consider a request from Ryan Homes to modify the front building line setback of Breckenridge Highlands from 20 feet to 15 feet.

The current request was not recommended for approval by the borough‘s planning commission.

This will be the second setback reduction that has been requested for this development, officials said. About a year ago, the requirement was reduced from 35 feet to 20 feet.

The municipal building is located at 3344 Churchview Ave.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.