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Work to overhaul landscaped median on Route 366 in Tarentum begins

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
In this photo from last week, Tarentum's street department works on the Route 366 (Bull Creek Road) median. Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017.
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
In this photo from last week, Tarentum's street department works on the Route 366 (Bull Creek Road) median. Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017.

Crews were spotted Wednesday working on one of Tarentum's landscaped medians along Ross Street (Route 366).

Tarentum Council said last week the borough would be making changes to the 15,000-square-foot strip, which has been an ongoing issue.

The work is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Vegetation in the center of the strip will be replaced with red stone, and flowers and shrubs will be limited to 25 feet on each end, council Vice President Erika Josefoski said.

Josefoski said the upgrades will decrease maintenance costs and enhance worker safety.

The upkeep of the median is Tarentum's responsibility. The borough's public works department maintains the strip, and people tend to speed on the road, she said.

The upgrades cost the borough about $7,000, Josefoski said. She said the borough bought the stone and a weed barrier, and she was able to get worker safety equipment from PennDOT for free.

Josefoski said the borough is working hard to fix up its infrastructure and get rid of blight, and the median strip is important because it's the first thing many people see when they come to Tarentum.

"It was made possible by the help of generous donations from some of our local businesses, and we have an obligation to the taxpayers and residents of Tarentum to keep our community beautiful and inviting," Josefoski said.

"I asked to be elected to this position so that I can have the opportunity to help beautify and revitalize the borough. I'm fortunate enough to have a great group of council people to work with."

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702, mczebiniak@tribweb.com, or on Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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