KITTANNING – A dozen Armstrong County road projects received funding last week, including projects in Mahoning and Bradys Bend townships.
A total of $173,000 was doled out by Armstrong County Commissioners Pat Fabian, Jason Renshaw and George Skamai as part of the county’s annual liquid fuels county aid allocations.
“Every municipality is getting their fair share of the pie,” Fabian said, pointing to the process put in place several years ago to help ensure that the county’s limited money gets spread around each year.
County planning director Rich Palilla said that 41 of the county’s 45 municipalities have received funding in the past several years, from the county’s smallest municipalities to its largest.
This year, 12 boroughs and townships shared in the $173,000 the county had available, with maximum grants of $15,000.
In total, Palilla said, 23 municipalities applied for funding this year, requesting $322,000.
He said the applications are reviewed, with the county favoring projects that improve safety and access, as well as having matching funding. The local matches for the 12 selected projects totaled $325,000, Palilla said.
Locally, Mahoning Township was awarded $15,000 for paving on Water and First streets, while Bradys Bend Township was awarded $15,000 for guiderail replacement along Seybertown Road.
Other projects receiving funding include:
• Hovey Township — $15,000 for sealing Greenhill, Robinson, Bennertown and Coal Bank roads.
• Kiskiminetas Township — $15,000 for guiderail installation on Glorietta Road.
• Kittanning Township — $9,150 for culvert replacement and installation of guiderails along Roofner Road.
• North Apollo Borough — $15,000 for paving multiple roads.
• Perry Township — $15,000 for culvert replacement on Hillville Road.
• Rayburn Township — $15,000 for rebuilding Iron Bridge Road.
• Rural Valley Borough — $14,000 for paving Line Street after a culvert replacement project.
• South Buffalo Township — $15,000 for Kissick Road rehabilitation project.
• Sugarcreek Township — $15,000 to reseal Porterfield Hill Road.
• Worthington Borough — $15,000 to seal coat and surface treat alleys.
In other business at the commissioners’ Feb. 1 meeting, bids were opened for several projects, including an upcoming sidewalk project in South Bethlehem Borough.
Four bids were received for the project, with the apparent low bid of $35,100 submitted by Ron Gillette Inc. of Natrona Heights. Bids ranged up to $48,587.
Bids were also opened for a similar sidewalk project in Elderton Borough, with Gillette also submitting the low bid of $72,075. Four bids were received for that project, ranging up to $107,385.
Both bids were tabled for review, with formal approval expected at the commissioners’ next public meeting.
Only one bid was received for a county bridge maintenance project.
Clearwater Construction of Mercer submitted a bid of $100,000.
The project includes preventative maintenance work on four county-owned bridges, including the Climax Bridge in Mahoning Township.
That bid was also tabled for review.
Palilla said that the bids for all three projects came in within range of the original engineering estimates.