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North Hills

Ross turns over property needed for bridge work

Tony LaRussa
| Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Ross commissioners have agreed to turn over the township's share of a piece of property along Jacks Run Road to Allegheny County for a bridge repair project.

Last month, the North Hills School Board voted to turn over its portion of the property jointly owned by the school district, the township and the county because the roughly 18-acre parcel is on a steep hillside and cannot be developed, according to the district's director of finance and operations.

The property was acquired by the three taxing bodies for failure to pay taxes sometime before the 1970s.

Ross commissioners voted unanimously Oct. 2, to give its share of the land to the county.

Stephen Shanley, the county's director of public works, said the county needs the property to replace Jacks Run Bridge No. 4, which is structurally deficient and posted to prohibit use by heavy vehicles.

The 30-foot-long span is located about 200 feet north of the intersection of Jacks Run Road and Balsam Street in Ross.

Shanley said the abutments for the bridge can be reused but crews will have to replace the deck beams that hold the roadway.

Work on the deck replacement project is scheduled to begin in the spring and take about six months to complete, Shanley said.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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