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Mills officials plan road upgrades in Harmar

| Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004

HARMAR -- The Mills Corp. plans to make several road improvements in the township in anticipation of the opening of its mega-mall in neighboring Frazer next summer.

In a letter from Trans Associates, a Pittsburgh engineering consulting firm hired to do traffic studies for Pittsburgh Mills mega-mall, the work includes:

*Widening Freeport Road at Route 910 to accommodate another eastbound, left turn lane.

*Widening Route 910 near the Route 28 northbound on-ramp and improving the right-turn lane.

*Adding traffic signals to the Route 910 intersection with Route 28, making an additional 150-foot right turn lane to Gulf Lab Road and other upgrades.

In addition, township officials will ask Mills to add a left turn signal near Bob Evans and the Exxon station and upgrade portions of Pearl Avenue, Freeport Road and Hite Road.

According to board president Jim DiPalma, officials expect more people to take back roads to Route 28 to get to the mall, and they want to roads to be able to handle the anticipated increase in traffic.

In other business:

  • Officials corrected an earlier report of the township's trick-or-treat night. It will be from from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

  • Campbells Run Road is closed because of a landslide on the Indiana Township side. Indiana wrote a letter to Harmar informing supervisors that the township has no plans to reopen the road soon.

    Harmar will put up a gate to keep drivers from using the road. It will be open for emergency and road crews.

    DiPalma said there are about five homes on the road, and the gate will be placed beyond those houses, so their access won't be affected. There will be an area for vehicles to turn around to avoid the closed portion of the road.

  • As the township residents are recovering from September's flooding, officials said they still are working with state Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, and Sen. Sean Logan, D-Monroeville, and state and federal emergency management agencies to get aid for flood victims. According to DiPalma, the township is working on damage estimates to submit to legislators.

    Also, the township is continuing its study of sanitation sewers, downspouts, drainage and water runoff to prevent flooding.

    DiPalma said there are about 100 houses that may have downspouts running into sewer lines.

    Board members also agreed to look over a draft of the township's waste water ordinance and suggest changes, if any, at next month's meeting, when they will vote on it.

  • The Allegheny Valley Joint Sewage Authority has two positions open: a one-year appointment and a five-year appointment.

    Those interested in serving should submit a request to the municipal office by Dec. 27. Appointments will be made at the Jan. 3 reorganization meeting.

    DiPalma said he will ask for the five-year appointment, adding he has served as a board chairman for 25 years.

  • The township will have its 2005 budget meetings at 9 a.m. on Nov. 8, 13, 15 and 20 at the municipal building. The meetings are open to the public. The budget will be approved in December.

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