Handicapped-accessible sidewalk ramp considered in Coraopolis

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Coraopolis may be getting a handicapped-accessible sidewalk ramp on Watson Street near Alder Alley, but borough manager Ray McCutcheon said that it probably will not be completed any time soon.

Engineer Larry Souleret told council members Aug. 14 that bids have been received for the ramp to be constructed in conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project would be financed in conjunction with the Char-West Council of Governments.

The two bids were $5,700 from Satira Construction of Verona and $5,950 from Joe Palmieri Construction of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Souleret said that according to the Char-West COG, the funding available for the project is $5,700.

Mr. McCutcheon said that catch basins would have to be installed as part of the project. He said that council will study the plans, but that the ramp would not be installed until the study is completed.

He estimated that the cost of the study could exceed $20,000. The money for the study would have to come out of the general funds and council hasn't budgeted for it, according to Mr. McCutcheon.

• Parking will be restricted on portions of Fourth Avenue and Arch Street for safety reasons. Police Chief Alan DeRusso displayed four poster-sized pictures to illustrate to council members why he is making the changes.

Mr. McCutcheon said the sight distance looking east on Fourth Avenue from Arch isn't a minimum of 153 feet as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The problem can be resolved by banning parking on Fourth from Arch to a driveway approximately 100 feet from the corner.

Another issue is that cars are parked on both sides of Arch where there isn't enough room for two cars to pass each other. Mr. McCutcheon said prohibiting parking on the west side of Arch from Fourth to Pine Alley will provide more distance for vehicles to safely pass.

• In another traffic safety matter, right turns soon will be prohibited from State Avenue (Route 51) onto Ridge Avenue because of a sight distance problem. Mr. McCutcheon said the borough eventually plans to permanently close the lower section of Ridge.

"It was a dangerous intersection and the borough was involved in a lawsuit pertaining to an accident at that intersection," Mr. McCutcheon said, adding that there is additional traffic on State with the development of the Sports Complex at the Montour Junction.

Chief DeRusso and council have determined that making Ridge a dead-end street would eliminate the danger.

Mr. McCutcheon has asked PennDOT to prepare signs prohibiting right turns.

• Council is looking for two junior council members to fill non-voting seats on council. Councilman Dave Pendel said council prefers that the students be juniors or seniors. The junior council members serve for one year and report on high school events. Last year, council had two junior council members, Evan Gregorius from Our Lady of Sacred Heart and Lydia Ponticel from Cornell High School. Interested students should contact Mr. McCutcheon at 412-264-3002 or manager@coraopolispa.com.

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Kim Lawrence, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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