Plum Council Approves Traffic Calming Measures on Trestle Road
Trestle Road and work at the new municipal complex were discussed at council's May 14 meeting.
Residents on Trestle Road in Plum might get their wish—traffic calming measures to stop speeding motorists in their neighborhood.
On Monday, borough council authoroized borough staff to obtain the engineering design and bids for traffic calming measures on Trestle Road.
Borough Manager Mike Thomas said a traffic engineer has recommended that speed humps and signs be installed on the road. He said the project could cost $25,000—that would include paving, striping/painting and signage.
According to residents, the street has been plagued by speeders, particularly motorists who cut through when rush hour traffic backs up on Monroeville-Trestle Road, which intersects with Saltsburg Road near Puff’s Discount Tobacco shop.
A traffic study conducted by Trans Associates found that the average speed of those traveling the road is 42 miles per hour. The speed limit on the road is 25 miles per hour. Fifteen percent of the cars are going faster, according to the study.
Council approved the following items pertaining to the new municipal complex along Renton Road:
- Hiring an inspection and testing agency for the municipal center—Officials hired PA Soil and Rock to test soils, and the slabs, beams, footers and other concrete work at the site for structural integrity. Thomas said there is $65,000 in the budget for that type of work.
- Relocation of gas lines—Currently, some Penneco and Peoples/TWP gas lines run directly through the site where construction will occur. Thomas said the lines must be moved, and the borough already has designs in hand in which the lines have been relocated to safer positions. Council authorized an agreement with Penneco and authorized borough staff to enter into an agreement with Peoples/TWP for the work.
- Change orders—Officials will allow borough administration to approve construction change orders of up to $25,000 in order to keep the process moving. Council members said they agree the project must be done in a timely fashion, but they would like to be notified of any change orders before they are approved. Thomas said that is possible, and any changes that aren't time-sensitive will be brought before council and voted on.