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Just fix it: Kilbuck Street, Glenfield

| Sunday, March 26, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

Steve Zingerman, Glenfield's mayor, has heard the complaints about decrepit Kilbuck Street for years.

But it was only last year that he found out the tiny borough was responsible for repairing the worst section of the road.

With a population of just 236, a $150,000 budget and no employees, the borough cannot afford to repave the street, which is the only way to enter Interstate 79 from Route 65.

"We obviously don't have the money to pay for a repair job that will cost at least a half-million dollars," Zingerman said. "It has been really bad for at least six years, and it's an exit-and-entry ramp for a major interstate."

The state Department of Transportation says the street is used by about 3,400 motorists daily, a figure likely to increase when a Wal-Mart Supercenter opens nearby on the site of the former Dixmont State Hospital.

Kilbuck Street is so dilapidated that motorists often drive on its shoulder to steer clear of gaping potholes. Some holes were so deep that steel reinforcement rods were exposed.

So it comes as a relief to Zingerman, and thousands of other drivers, that PennDOT plans to rebuild the road soon.

"There will be a complete overhaul this summer," PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi said.

Struzzi said PennDOT will accept bids for the work and the project will be finished by the end of this year's construction season.

Who's responsible• PennDOT District 11 Executive Dan Cessna, 412-429-5000.

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