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Article published March 6, 2013

Projects will keep Cranberry busy

Bob Schultz
Cranberry Eagle

CRANBERRY TWP — The township is set to begin one of its busiest improvement programs in its history, according to assistant township manager Duane McKee.

He presented the supervisors Thursday evening with an overview of bond-financed projects, capital improvements and road resurfacing that will be done this year by the public works and engineering departments.
Here’s a look at these projects that will total more than $10 million.
• Road work — The township will spend $1.2 million on road resurfacing despite increased costs and decreased funding that the township receives, said McKee. Costs to pave one mile of road continue to rise, from $94,520 last year to $98,903 this year.
The township will pave 8.43 miles, and those roads are scattered all over the township.
• EMS building — The new Cranberry EMS building, which will be home for the township’s ambulance service, will be next to the Park Station fire company building. Work on the $1.6 million facility will begin this month and be done this fall.
• Municipal center upgrades — Renovations are planned to the interior of the municipal center where the unused section of the building that had housed the police department will be renovated.
McKee said the project is in the design phase, but it will be done between this fall and next spring, depending on when work begins.
The improvements are expected to include an expansion to the library and space for the parks and recreation department.
• Water park upgrades — Improvements to the water park are in the design phase. The estimated $1.3 million worth of work will include the replacement of the swimming pool’s lining and yet to be determined improvements to amenities.
• Sewage line work — The major sewage collection line Interceptor 1 project, which has been under construction, is slated to be completed this fall. It will cost more than $5 million.
• Water line work — Work on a 24-inch water transmission line that will run from Freedom to Rochester Road from Thomson Park/Executive Drive will begin this month and will be done in the fall. This will improve home water distribution.
That work is expected to cost $1.4 million.
• General work — Among the host of capital improvement projects that are in this year’s budget, McKee said, are: Kids Castle, software improvements, work on Graham School and Glen Rape roads, the Community Park Pavilion, water line work on Progress and Dutilh roads, a sewage generator station, Cranberry Heights sewer line replacement, sewage treatment plant improvements, North Boundary Park parking area improvements, Mars Road improvements, two new trails to Graham Park, an asphalt path from Ernie Mashuda Drive to the Kids Castle, paving around the public safety building, improved access control and video monitoring at sewage treatment plant and improved video safety improvements to the water park area.
• Water inflow work — In the area of preventing inflow of groundwater into the township’s sewer system, the public works staff is expected to continue to track flows and finish camera work to help detect leaks in the system.
The pretreatment coordinator, Rhonda Zellhart, said if problems are detected by a camera or suspected on privately owned lines, the township plans this summer and fall to do smoke and dye testing to confirm those problems.
If problems are found in residential lines, Cranberry will contact the homeowners and tell them what needs to be done to fix the water inflow problems.