Markosek: $525,000 state grant will fund critical repairs to Pitcairn’s Center Avenue

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Damage to a popular Pitcairn road will soon be repaired with help from a $525,000 state grant announced today by state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. The funds will repair a section of Center Avenue located between Fifth and Highland avenues in the borough.

“Abnormally wet conditions this spring destabilized the bank of land alongside a stretch of Center Avenue, leading to slope damage that could endanger residents,” Markosek said. “I’m grateful to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this grant, which will help fund the essential repairs needed to make sure the road is safe.”

According to Markosek, the work will entail cutting the uphill slope back and removing and disposing of 24,000 cubic yards of material, relocating and reconstructing about 640 linear feet of Center Avenue, and completely stabilizing the bank. The project will also include installing 360 linear feet of storm sewer with four inlets and new guide rail. Total project cost is $2.3 million.

The grant comes from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, which provides funds to encourage economic development and ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation for all residents of the commonwealth. The Department of Community and Economic Development grant was approved through the CFA.