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Cranberry water main project completed two months early

Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
A new sidewalk has been built in Cranberry between Freedom and Rochester Roads, as seen Tuesday, August 27, 2013.the one-mile-long sidewalk connecting Freedom and Rochester roads was added as part of a water main project.

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Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A new water main project along Thomson Park and Executive drives in Cranberry was completed more than two months ahead of schedule, township officials said.

The one-mile-long, 24-inch water main will feed the township's northern water distribution lines and was built at a cost of $1.4 million, said Duane McKee, assistant township manager of operations.

The project finished early because of efficient coordination between the contractor and subcontractors and extra time built into the schedule, McKee said.

Thomas Construction of Grove City was the contractor on the project.

The township hosted a ceremonial turning of the valves Thursday to open the new water main at the Thomson Park/Executive Drive bridge. The ceremony also marked the completion of two other major projects in the township that, combined, reinforce connections of Cranberry's northern and southern tiers, according to the township.

A one-mile-long sidewalk built along Thomson Park and Executive drives, connecting Freedom and Rochester roads, was added as part of the water main project, said township manager Jerry Andree.

“This community is very committed to planning and involving our residents. We repeatedly heard that residents want more pedestrian connections,” Andree said.

A new five-mile sewer pipeline along Brush Creek also was completed and is open for service, said McKee.

The sewer line project began in April 2012 and cost about $5.5 million, paid for by municipal bonds, Andree said.

“That was a very big project.”

All of the infrastructure projects came from the township's most recent comprehensive plan, written in 2009, McKee said.

“It all drills back to the comprehensive plan and where we anticipate growth and where we need to install additional assets to sustain growth,” McKee said.

“We plan and we implement the plan,” Andree said. “We never get behind.”

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or

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