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N. Huntingdon road project biggest yet

| Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

More roads in North Huntingdon will get a fresh coat of asphalt this summer as officials spend down excess money in reserve.

“It's a big program for us, bigger than we've done in the past,” township Manager John Shepherd said. “We added money in from the general fund, I think about an additional $400,000.”

That money came from a robust reserve fund, or fund balance, which amounted to $5.8 million at the end of 2012.

Township commissioners last week voted 5-2 for the $770,000 project with Commissioners Zachary Haigis and Donald Austin voting no.

Commissioner Rich Gray urged caution when spending down the money.

President Lee Moffatt said township road crews have never tackled a summer road project this extensive.

“We doubled the budget from last year,” Moffatt said. “We're doing way more roads than last year.”

An exact number of miles was not available Friday.

Included in the “resurfacing” project are: Pennsylvania Avenue — both west and east, Hazel Drive, Saralyn Drive, McKee Road, Robert Street, Daily Drive, Willow Drive, Bethel Road, Niagara Drive, North Street, Charles Drive, Mountainview Place, Otis Drive, Fundistown Road, Carriage Drive and Roseway Boulevard.

Work on most of the roads will go from end to end, Shepherd said. All will undergo some patching work, and some will get a new top coat. Crews will repair drains or pipes where needed.

“Some of them will get milled and resurfaced, depending on the road itself, the condition of the road,” Shepherd said. “Each one will be a little bit different. The end product will be pretty much the same — new asphalt.”

Township crews will prepare the roads, then Morgan Excavating of Belle Vernon will pave and mill them.

“Our part has already started. We have months of work to do before the contractor starts,” Shepherd said.

If all goes well, Shepherd said, the project could be done by the end of August or September.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or rskena@tribweb.com.

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