Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Town Set to Make Major Road Repairs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Town Set to Make Major Road Repairs

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McDonald is set to complete major road repairs later this summer with financial help from state drilling impact fees.

And the borough's yearlong sewer line replacement project, including restorative road paving, is set to finish in June.

Council voted 7-0 Monday to approve a $100,000 loan for street improvements and a plow truck.

In late summer and early fall, up to 28 roads will be sealed with a process called fog sealing and resurfaced with micropaving, a method expected to endure for eight to 10 years and cost less than asphalt paving, officials said.

Council Vice President Pat Powell, the finance chairman, said the project is the borough's first major investment in road repairs in many years.

"The streets have deteriorated significantly," he said.

Yearly debt payments will be covered mostly by money the borough collects in Marcellus Shale drilling impact fees under state Act 13. The borough expects to receive about $21,000 this year.

Council President Marilou Ritchie said the road project will barely affect the borough's regular budget - about $1.2 million this year - because of the Act 13 money.

"I'm ecstatic about that," Ms. Ritchie said. "The monies are available to use, and we're putting them to good use, I think."

Officials plan to spend $87,000 on the road work and use the remaining $13,000 for a used truck with a snow plow. With interest, total cost of the five-year loan with First Commonwealth Bank will be $109,000 to $110,000, Mr. Powell said.

Another 17 or so roads could be paved next year, depending on future funding options, council members said.

Municipalities must spend drilling impact money in any of 13 categories, including road maintenance and repair, infrastructure improvement and public safety.

Under the state's 2012 shale law, the Public Utility Commission collects money from drillers and distributes it. …

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