Armstrong schools road work expected to exceed original budget estimate

| Monday, May 12, 2014, 3:04 p.m.

Upgrades to the only access road into the Armstrong Junior-Senior High School being built in Manor are projected to cost $175,000 more than expected.

The project to widen Buffington Drive and add turning lanes onto Route 422 will be taking the costly hit because of difficulties working in the area's steep terrain, said project manager Brian Hayes, an architect from L.R. Kimball Architects and Engineering in Ebensburg.

“We need to make Buffington much wider, and the only way to do that is to cut into the hillside,” Hayes said.

Buffington Drive needs to be widened at least 500 feet from Route 422 in the Armstrong School District project. The estimated cost of the project — before the unexpected increases — was $700,000.

The school board has a $1.5 million contingency fund set up to cover the increased cost of the project, Hayes said.

Work on the project is expected to start in June. The school is scheduled to open next year.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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