EAST BRADY – A large paving project along Route 68 through East Brady Borough is set to begin later this month and continue through the fall.

East Brady Borough officials said last week that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently released a preliminary timeline for milling and paving work along the full length of Route 68 (Kellys Way) in East Brady up through Madison Township (Clarion County).

The project will be completed by IA Construction Corporation of Franklin.

“It’s a lot of paving,” East Brady Borough Council president Barb Mortimer told fellow council members at their meeting last Tuesday evening. “PennDOT has developed a schedule that IA may follow or may not.”

The schedule, she explained, begins with patching and curb ramp work in East Brady beginning late this month, followed by milling and paving from mid-June to mid-July.

Although complete details on the Route 68 paving project are not yet available, PennDOT assistant construction manager Dave Meagher said on Monday that the project is set to start around April 29 or the first of May and includes 7.85 miles of paving work from the borough line at the East Brady Bridge north to the Rimersburg Borough line.

“The project will probably take place during daytime flagging operations,” Meagher said. He noted that the paving project will most likely include cross pipe and drainage work, as well as milling in between curbs in East Brady and patching throughout the length of the job.

According to Meagher, IA Construction will complete the Route 68 paving project under the same contract simultaneously with a similar paving project along Route 36 in Leeper.

Work is expected to be complete by Sept. 12.

In related business to the Route 68 paving project, council members approved a motion allowing IA Construction to dump fill into East Brady’s reservoir over the course of the project.

“They need somewhere to dump stuff,” East Brady Borough secretary Susan Buechele said. “They can dump it in the reservoir and fill it up.”

Water Plant Receives Good Report from DEP

In other business during the April 2 meeting, Mortimer reported that the East Brady water plant received a good report from an inspection conducted by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on March 21.

“It went well,” Mortimer said of the water plant inspection, which is done by the state every three years. “Overall, we got a good report.”

While the inspection yielded no major issues with the water plant, Mortimer said that in addition to “a couple of projects we’ve been working on,” DEP is requiring that fencing be installed around the borough’s two water tanks in East Brady.

“We’ll have to get estimates for that,” she noted.

When questioned by the council on how far the fencing needed to be away from the tanks, borough engineer Rick Barnett said he didn’t believe there was a regulated distance, but recommended placing the fence at least far enough away for maintenance vehicles to be able to move all around the tank.

“I would say 15 to 20 feet away around the tank on all sides, plus enough room for a turn-around area,” he said.

Council members agreed to get quotes for the fencing.

Other Business

• The council awarded the bid for the Grant Street Sewer Project to the lowest-bidder, Terra Works, at a total cost of $436,503 — which includes $293,100 for the sanitary sewer work and an alternate bid of $143,403 for water line replacement.

• Borough secretary Susan Buechele reported that East Brady will receive 125 new LED street lights from West Penn Power to be installed throughout the town.

Mortimer said the council is hoping that the new lights will save the borough money on electric costs for street lights.

• The East Brady Area Development Corporation (EBADC) will sponsor the Great American Clean-Up of East Brady on April 13.

Participants should meet at the Farmer’s National Bank parking lot at 433 Kellys Way in East Brady at 10 a.m.

• Street sweeping will begin on April 15.

• The council authorized the purchase of 144 orange and 144 black Campfire Stoneware coffee mugs to be sold as a fundraiser for the community building.

Buechele said the mugs — which will be sold for $8 a piece or two mugs for $15 — would feature the borough’s seal on the front.

• New Bethlehem Police Chief Robert Malnofsky Jr. said that his department will host a “Cops and Bobbers” event on the Red Bank Creek on May 11.

“We’re going to stock [the creek] with trout and roast hot dogs for the kids,” Malnofsky said, noting that other law enforcement agencies will also take part in the day. “It’s just a day for them to see us outside of writing tickets.”

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