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Brentwood council OKs paving project for bumpy road

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The pothole-infested stretch of Churchview Avenue that straddles Brentwood and Pittsburgh should be paved by year's end.

Brentwood Council members unanimously approved a motion last week to enter into an agreement with Pittsburgh for the city to pave the borough's side of Churchview. Pittsburgh construction crews will handle the paving at a time that will be determined later, Brentwood Manager George Zboyovsky said. Brentwood will pay the city's contractor an estimated $32,000 for the resurfacing of the borough's portion of the roadway, the agreement states.

Churchview Avenue is split “right down the center” between Brentwood and Pittsburgh, so it was advantageous for the two towns to work together on the road improvement project, Zboyovsky said.

The Brentwood manager said he has fielded calls from South Hills residents asking for the road to be repaired.

Baldwin Borough Council members even have discussed sending a letter to their neighbors requesting the road be fixed.

Baldwin Councilman John Conley made a motion on May 21 to place a “Travel at your own risk sign” at the borough's border of Churchview. The motion failed to receive a second, although other council members said they understood his sentiment.

City leaders approached Brentwood about working together for the project, he said.

When Brownsville Road, where a stretch of road is split between Pittsburgh and Brentwood, was paved several years ago, each town handled its own refurbishing work.

“When I first came here, I was like, ‘Why is the side by the Burger King so nice and the other side isn't?” Zboyovsky said. The answer: Pittsburgh had refurbished its side and Brentwood had not. The borough later repaired its portion of Brownsville.

Borough leaders are asking for the next joint road repair project between Brentwood and Pittsburgh to be the repaving of Owendale Avenue, Zboyovsky said.

Since starting a five-year road paving program this year, which allows for planning ahead, Brentwood officials already have been contacted by utility companies which have switched their projects to pair them with the borough's projects so that both projects can be done at one time, Zboyovsky said.

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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