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Dangerous Baldwin Borough intersection under scrutiny

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The intersection of Streets Run and Prospect roads in Baldwin Borough is under study to determine if additional improvements are needed, because motorists often use the berm as a turning lane and officials say the area is an “accident waiting to happen.”

PennDOT officials notified borough leaders that the state department — which completed a bridge construction project at the intersection in 2010 — is studying whether additional safety improvements are needed, Baldwin Manager John Barrett told council members last week.

Baldwin council Vice President Michael Stelmasczyk asked in July that borough officials send PennDOT a letter requesting improvements at the intersection. The councilman noted that motorists often use extra road space added during the 2010 construction as a separate lane, cutting off vehicles that are in the intended lane of traffic.

PennDOT crews have added more signage at the intersection to keep vehicles off of the shoulder. Barrett said he anticipates the study to be completed in the next 30 days.

Baldwin officials have requested a meeting with PennDOT officials once the survey is complete, Barrett said.

PH Authority agreement

Baldwin Borough leaders have agreed for at least the fifth time to extend a service agreement with the Pleasant Hills Authority, which operates sanitary sewers, to give leaders additional time to hash out a new deal.

The extension, approved by council last week in a 6-0 vote, takes the decades-old pact between the authority's four contributory communities through Dec. 31.

Councilman Larry Brown was absent.

Municipalities in the Pleasant Hills Authority service area are Pleasant Hills, Baldwin Borough, Whitehall and South Park. The four municipalities are working to comply with the state Department of Environmental Protection's consent decree to reduce overflow issues.

2014 budget

Baldwin council members will get their first look at the municipality's 2014 spending plan next month.

Barrett said he will present the town's budget to council members next month for their first review.

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

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