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Supervisors to use funds for road work

Published June 05. 2014 05:00PM

Mahoning Township supervisors decided Wednesday to use about $76,700 of their liquid fuels money to purchase the materials needed for the township road crew to repave Troxell Road.

"I talked to Ron, and he originally estimated $43,940 in materials would be needed to pave the 3,211 feet of road from Route 443 to just below the dam," said Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt, but he added that upon reviewing road crew supervisor Ron Reeser's plan, he believed that section of the road would cost more like $47,693.

"His estimate did not cover all of Troxell's Road, only the 3,200 feet," from Route 443 but doesn't include the hard hill, Steigerwalt said. "I thought materials were for the whole road."

He told his fellow supervisors he created his own estimate for materials to do not only the original 3,211-by-20 foot section Reeser quoted, but also the other two sections of that road that were 783 by 22 feet wide and 675 feet by 25 feet.

The total cost to the township for the whole road would be $76,769.7,5 which included the original 3,200-foot-long amount.

"If we were to bid this out, it would easily cost around $101,000, which would severely limit our ability to do anything else as the rest of our money would be needed for the winter," he said.

He said that by doing it on their own, it was possible financially to pave the road and have enough money left over for winter and some minor work.

The township's liquid fuels allocation for this year is $166,900.

Steigerwalt said he would recommend if the board was agreeable to have Reeser get $100,000 of the work approved by PennDOT, which is required before they can do the construction.

He included the Troxell Hill project as well as some repair work for Packerton Road near the bridge.

"We don't have to do all of the work, but if we don't get it approved ahead of time we won't be able to do it easily," he told the board.

Supervisor Frank Ruch agreed the worst of Troxell Road was from the highway to the pipe just below the dam.

Part of the road is on a steep grade and the township's equipment may not be able to do it alone.

Steigerwalt volunteered to discuss sharing services with East Penn Township, which has equipment that could help with the paving project.

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