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Council studying traffic impact study bids

| Saturday, May 12, 2012, 4:24 a.m.

It's going to be three more weeks before Murrysville awards a contract for a traffic impact study.

Council decided Wednesday night it needed a little more time before the contract is awarded to either Trans Associates, of Pittsburgh, or the combination of URS, of Bridgeville, and McCormick, Taylor and Associates, of Pittsburgh.

Murrysville is looking to eventually adopt a transportation impact ordinance. Such an ordinance would assess a fee to developers for off-site improvements related to the traffic increase the development would cause.

Before such an ordinance can be approved, a traffic impact study must be undertaken.

The two organizations being considered by council each submitted a bid that surpassed the budgeted amount of $67,000 for the project.

URS/MTA's came in at $71,412, while Trans Associates was $74,200.

Council decided to give the companies until the next meeting -- scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the municipal building -- to make some revisions to their proposals.

There should be no changes in technical aspects, just in public input.

Many council members said they felt that was an area in which expenditures could be reduced.

"We're asking them to do everything that they were expected to do, but to cut down on meetings or other aspects involving public input," Councilman Robert Brooks said after the meeting.

It was the second consecutive meeting during which council has decided to wait before deciding to award the contract. Similar concerns were raised July 2 as to just how much public input is needed in a study council considers to be technical in nature.

Planning Director Fred Wilder said the project would take about six to nine months to complete. He also said he was aware of only two other municipalities in southwestern Pennsylvania that have a transportation impact fee in place -- Penn Township, and Cranberry Township, in Butler County.

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