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Sewickley Township smooths out paving plan

| Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 4:45 p.m.

Sewickley Township supervisor and roadmaster Joe Kerber announced the summer paving plan during the township meeting Wednesday night.

Whether with state liquid fuel tax money or Community Development Block Grant funds, Kerber said the roads will be completed by priority until funding is depleted.

Some roads, such as Main Street and Library alleys in Herminie, were destroyed by the township's newly constructed sewage system and need to be repaved.

"We're taking the ones that are now gravel and turning them back," he said.

As roads deteriorate, rocks and asphalts clog catch basin and cause drainage problems, so they must be handled soon, Kerber said.

"If we don't do those, it ruins our infrastructure," he said.

About $110,000 is available for the township's paving in grant funds from the state through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Kerber said, with an additional $100,000 that has not yet been secured.

In addition to the two alleys, Second, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth streets in Herminie as well as Highland Avenue, Madison Avenue, Dexter and Clopper streets will be listed in that order for paving from the available funds.

Kerber said money provided by the state Department of Transportation will enable the township to pave Highberger/Beacon Light Road and Derr and Apples Mills roads, but work on the latter two may be delayed because of deep-well construction. The state, which previously had maintained the roads, now instead provides funding for the township's maintenance.

Kerber said Fire Hall Lane and Rillton-Guffey Road are slated to be paved using liquid fuels tax money allocated by the state according to the road mileage and population in each municipality.

Suoervisors also awarded contracts for 24,000 tons of paving materials. Kerber said costs for the materials, which are petroleum-based, stayed surprisingly similar to last year with base coat increasing $0.50 per ton and top coat increasing $1.50 per ton.

"Asphalt is fuel-related, and I really expected it to go up," he said.

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