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Center St. Extension Reopens; W.O. Eyes Major Infrastructure Project

By Christy Walters
The Tube City Almanac
August 21, 2019
Posted in: White Oak News

Center Street Extension in White Oak reopened for through traffic on Monday night.

The road, near the White Oak Farms apartment complex, has been closed since July 2013, when a series of heavy rainstorms triggered landslides and ground shifting.
Councilman Chuck Davis announced the reopening at Monday's council meeting.

Davis said that the road has been evaluated and the land has not shifted for a few years, therefore it could be opened to vehicles again.

It won’t be the only road in the borough getting new life within the next year.

Councilman George Dillinger announced that all the roads in White Oak have been evaluated and rated in order of priority for paving in 2020. This list has not yet been released.

In addition to the paving project, the council would also like to get new roofs for the borough and public works buildings and update the air conditioning in the borough building, among other infrastructure projects.

To fund these projects, the council passed a motion to let the solicitor advertise a bond issue not to exceed $7.5 million. The paving project is expected to cost between $3.2 and $3.5 million, borough officials said, and the ventures as a whole are expected to cost between $5.8 and $6.2 million.

A resolution to issue the bond is expected to be on the agenda at the September meeting.

Borough Engineer Ken Hillman announced that work is progressing on various projects at the White Oak Athletic Association. The restroom project is about 75 percent complete, and the borough will be taking quotes to get LED lighting installed in the gymnasium soon.

Hillman received an estimate from Peoples Natural Gas in regards to attaching WOAA to gas lines located about 2,000 feet from the property. The estimate was between $30,000 and $70,000.

However, Hillman noted that Peoples would provide more‌ ‌detailed‌ ‌and‌ ‌precise figures if the council chooses to proceed with converting the building from fuel to natural gas.

Councilman Lou Bender reminded those in attendance that the last days for White Oak Pool this season are Saturday, Aug. 24; Sunday, Aug. 25; Saturday, Aug. 31; Sunday, Sept. 1; and Monday, Sept. 2, which is Labor Day. The pool will close for the season at 6 p.m. on Labor Day.

Police Report: White Oak police made 11 arrests in July, including three for assault, one for a drug offense; three for DUI, one for harassment and three for theft. Police issued 59 traffic citations, and responded to 849 total incidents.

Christy Walters is a freelance writer from White Oak. She may be reached at cmw119@pitt.edu.

Originally published August 21, 2019.

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