Sewickley Heights among road improvement grant recipients

Monday, December 3, 2018 | 2:27 PM


Sewickley Heights is among four municipalities selected to receive grant funding totaling $364,000 for road improvement projects.

The Allegheny County Conservation District’s Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road program annually funds projects across Allegheny County to reduce erosion and stormwater impacts.

In Sewickley Heights Borough, $145,000 will be used to repair a landslide caused by subsurface drainage on Pink House Road. Funds will be used to install a geosynthetic reinforced soil wall, expand an existing vegetated ditch and install underdrain to convey drainage away from the road surface. The work will stabilize the road surface and prevent further impacts to the tributary to Little Sewickley Creek.

The program funds projects on or around roads that are unpaved or are paved and receive less than 500 cars per day in traffic. The program encourages environmentally sensitive maintenance practices intended to improve interactions between roads, streams and ecosystems across the state.

“The road system can have a significant impact on our water quality when stormwater runoff causes sediment from unpaved or poorly paved roads to erode into a nearby stream,” said Emily Wise, Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservationist. “Each year, this program makes a difference in our community by minimizing erosion, preventing or repairing landslides and ultimately improving the health of our streams.”

Other selected projects for the year include:

Braddock Hills Borough — $68,000 for Vermont Avenue. The borough is awarded funds to address road stabilization due to an undersized stream crossing.

Brentwood Borough — $82,000 for Wanley Road. The award will be used to address road stabilization and flooding issues caused by undersized culverts.

Lincoln Borough — $69,000 for Fuehrer Drive. Funding is awarded to repair a landslide caused by subsurface drainage.

A total of 15 Low Volume and five Dirt and Gravel applications were received from municipalities across the county. Each application was reviewed for its adherence to program parameters, application detail, environmental impact and projected cost.

The County Conservation District Quality Assurance Board met in October and selected funded projects, which were later approved for funding at Allegheny County Conservation District’s October board meeting.

The 2019-20 grant cycle will open on July 1, 2019.