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New Kensington street repairs delayed again

October 3, 2018
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Vehicles maneuver around potholes and patches along Carl AveNew Kensington. Tuesday Oct 2, 2018.

New Kensington’s Carl Avenue will be fixed, but not until mid-October at the earliest, according to city officials.

The city had hoped to have all the needed repairs made over three or four days in September.

City engineer Tony Males said New Kensington still IS in talks with a contractor to do excavation work on the busy road so clay below the asphalt can be replaced with a more solid foundation. The Municipal Authority of New Kensington also intends to repair parts of Carl Avenue that were torn up near Craigdell Road because of water line breaks.

After that work is done, it should take the city’s street department three to four days to repave the street.

“We’d sure like to do Carl Avenue before the snow flies,” Males said.

The street is used as a shortcut by drivers who don’t want to wait for the traffic light at the intersection of the Tarentum Bridge and Leechburg roads.

Peoples Gas already announced plans to replace gas lines on Carl Avenue and two other New Kensington streets, Freeport Road and Forest Street, next spring. The company is in the process of replacing metal gas lines with plastic ones across its system. The planned work in New Kensington will include curb-to-curb repaving, according to a description of the project on the company’s website.

The Peoples project prompted Carl Avenue resident Rick Robel to ask: “Why put money into this when Peoples will tear it up next spring?”

City officials did not say how much they anticipate spending on this month’s work, but said the repairs need to be made.

At least one person agrees. In late August, someone spray-painted messages on Carl Avenue that said, “Fix me,” and in another spot, “Please fix me.”

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