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Road repair referendum to be discussed

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004

A plan for Moon to borrow $10.3 million for roadway improvements throughout the township will be discussed at an upcoming town hall meeting.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the municipal building auditorium, 1000 Beaver Grade Road.

The referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot will ask voters to approve borrowing the money to pay for traffic signals, turning lanes and other improvements to a dozen township roads and intersections.

Moon assistant manager Jodi Noble said township officials will provide information about the projects at the meeting and answer questions.

"We want to give the residents of the township an opportunity before Election Day to ask their questions and to understand the issue," supervisors Chairman Alex Ropelewski said.

He said he does not yet know what impact the borrowing will have on the township's tax rate, but that officials will have it by the time of the meeting.

The projects that would be funded and their estimated costs are:

  • Brodhead and Flaugherty Run roads: Reconstruct intersection to provide turning lanes and a traffic signal and widen bridge over Flaugherty Run for turning lanes. Relocating existing utilities and right-of-way acquisition. Cost: $3.6 million.

  • Brodhead and Shafer roads: Install traffic signal. Cost: $140,000.

  • Thorn Run and Beaver Grade roads: Modify existing traffic signal for left-turn arrow. Cost: $2,000.

  • Thorn Run and Sharon roads: Realign Sharon Road with Snyder Drive, which requires acquiring one single-family dwelling and additional right-of-way. Constructing turning lanes requires relocating existing utilities and right-of-way acquisition. Cost: $1.6 million.

  • Thorn Run Road and University Boulevard: Traffic signal modifications and relocation to accommodate construction of a new lane between Fourth and Fifth avenues and a new through-lane uphill on Thorn Run Road. Cost: $400,000.

  • Coraopolis Heights Road, Maple Street and Hassam Road: Install traffic signal and modify roadway. Cost: $400,000.

  • Beaver Grade and Ewings Mill roads: Install traffic signal and turning lane on Beaver Grade. Includes right-of-way acquisition. Cost: $1 million.

  • University Boulevard and Moon-Clinton Road: Install traffic signal and turning lanes. Includes right-of-way acquisition. Cost: $550,000.

  • University Boulevard, Rosemont and Patton drives: Install traffic signal and turning lanes. Includes right-of-way acquisition. Cost: $350,000.

  • University Boulevard, Brodhead and Beaver Grade roads: Install traffic signal, grade separation and turning lanes. Includes right-of-way acquisition. Cost: $1.2 million.

  • Becks Run Road, from Flaugherty Run Road to Crosswinds development: Replace existing bridge deck and culvert pipes and bring roadway into compliance with township standards. Consider stream relocation to eliminate bridge and culverts and widen roadway. Cost: $700,000.

  • Beaver Grade and Montour Run roads: Install traffic signal and construct roadway modifications. The Sonoma Ridge developer will provide funds for the improvements of $500 per lot for all lots in the development. Cost: $360,000.

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