Public Works Director’s Report to the Board of Supervisors
for the April 17, 2017 regular meeting
1. East Park Hills Avenue Traffic Calming Study: Staff continues to evaluate the feasibility of options (in addition to the those identified in the initial study) including speed humps and the feasibility of small traffic circles.
2. West College Avenue Streetscape Sidewalk Project: Work by the Township’s contractor, M and B Services, LLC continues. Sidewalk is being installed on the south side of W College Ave from near Buckhout St toward Corl St.
3. Staff is reviewing final cost proposals from 2 firms that submitted proposals for professional architectural and engineering services for building and site design of a new LEED Gold certified public works building and expects to bring forward a recommendation to the Board for discussion on April 17 or May 1.
4. Staff prepared a RFQ for professional services to review and quantify MS4 project funding alternatives (aka stormwater fee feasibility study). The RFQ scope of work includes a program review of existing stormwater activities, development of a stormwater management program to meet short term and long term goals including implementation of BMPS to meet the requirements of our pollutant reduction plan, public outreach and education, establishing a stakeholder advisory committee, assessment on staffing, development of a rate structure, and presentation of a final report. Proposals are due April 14.
5. PSU Sustainability Institute: Staff is meeting with various students in the EGEE 437 class whom have chosen to design one of the projects listed below as part of their final course work:
a. Roof top solar array for existing buildings 55,452 SF max building footprints
b. Structural solar covered parking 16,200 SF
c. Roof mounted solar for a new 9,000 SF public works building
d. Solar power for traffic signals
Staff continues work with two (2) student groups in Agricultural Engineering on stormwater improvements in the Park Hills Drainageway.
6. Research and prepare a draft revised Pave Cut and Highway Occupancy Ordinance: This is a goal for 2017
7. Contract 2016-C11 ARLE Performance Metrics: This 2017 project, funded by the Automated Red Light Enforcement program, includes the engineering and construction of a system including hardware and software to improve traffic signal performance.
8. Contract 2016-C17 Fairbrook Park Parking Lot Paving: This project is in design for a bid opening on April 25, 2017 and potential award by the BOS on May 1, 2017.
9. Contract 2016-C19 Corl Street/W College Ave Traffic Signal Upgrade: Funded in part with a Green Light Go grant, this project is currently in design to upgrade pedestrian accommodations at this location. Based on a kick off meeting with the design consultant and PaDOT representatives, this project should be designed in 2017 for construction in 2018.
10. Contract 2017-C1 Kansa Avenue and Meckley Drive: Design is near complete and this paving project is planned to be bid in the spring and constructed in late summer of 2017. Meckley Drive is added to Contract 2017-C1 due to similar work tasks and the potential that construction on improvements on Sycamore Drive may be delayed to 2018.
11. Contract 2017-C2 Valley Vista/Science Park and Bachman/Valley Vista turn lanes: See separate award recommendation memorandum.
12. Contract 2017-C3 Martin Street: An open house for this project was held on April 5th from 4:30 PM to 6 PM in the main meeting room of the Township building. FTPW is performing base repair and inlet repairs in advance of paving. The paving contract is out to bid for an opening on April 25th. A future contract will be let to line the stormpipes. Wolyniec Construction started work to install ADA accessible curb ramps on April 10.
13. Contract 2017-C4 Sycamore and Chestnut Street: These roads are candidates for cold in place asphalt recycling with a new asphalt wearing course. Sycamore Drive will require roadside swale improvements and driveway adjustments with culverts. The project is still in the design phase and on open house will be scheduled once preliminary design is complete. Construction is planned for late summer 2017, or may be delayed until 2018.
14. Contract 2017-C5 Meadows Park Improvements: Work includes the construction of a pavilion and pedestrian access. The project is planned to be advertised for bidders on June 27th.
15. Contract 2017-C6 Concrete curb and ramp upgrades: Wolyniec Construction started work to install ADA accessible curb ramps on April 10.
16. Contract 2017-C8 Pavement Markings: Project was awarded on March 13, 2017. Work is expected to start in April.
17. Contract 2017-C9 Microsurfacing: This method of pavement preservation involving the placement of two courses of slurry and aggregate is bid annually and other municipalities piggyback on this contract. FTPW will perform significant base repair in advance of microsurfacing including work on Tadpole Road in 2017. This project is in design and should be out to bid in April. Work is typically completed in July and August.
18. Contract 2017-C10 Sealcoating Bike Paths and Parking Lots: Every year the Township evaluates bikepath and parking lot conditions and prepares a contract and lets bids for a double sealcoat application and line striping.
19. Contract 2017-C11 Pedestrian Push Button Upgrades: As in years past, the Township continues to upgrade pedestrian access at signalized intersections. Work is done by FTPW.
20. Contract 2017-C12 Traffic Signal LED Replacements: Each year the Township purchases LEDs and replaces them at signalized intersections after approximately seven (7) years of service. Work is performed by FTPW.
21. Contract 2017-C13 Street Tree Planting: Bids were opened on February 28th and the Board of Supervisors awarded the contract on March 13. Work includes planting approximately 108 trees (mostly replacement of dead ash trees), 7 miscellaneous replacements, and 60 trees on Blue Course Drive. At this time, no agreements are in place to plant 16 trees in Thistlewood. Work is scheduled to begin in April.
22. Contact 2017-C16 Oak Wilt Treatment: The bid was awarded March 13th and work is expected to start in April.
23. Contract 2017-C17 Lois Silvi Baseball Field Improvements: Utilizing DCNR funding, improvements to the complex include construction of paved ADA parking and path, a concrete pad under the pavilion, sidewalk, removal of existing building(s), and installation of stormwater facilities in the fall or in 2018.
24. Contract 2017-C18 Haymarket Park Playground Improvements: Work includes the replacement of an existing play structure. Staff prepares a contract for work by a certified playground installer.
25. Contract 2017-C19 Fairbrook Park Baseball Backstop: A new backstop is planned for 2017.
26. Contract 2017-C20 Tudek Dog Park Improvements: Staff has been tasked with the design of a new parking lot for the dog park with ADA parking and connecting sidewalk, landscaping, stormwater facilities, and a monument sign. The project is to be constructed in 2017.
27. Contract 2017-C21 Tudek Park Waterline: This project includes the design and construction of a new water service to the restroom, and a water service line to the butterfly garden.
28. Contract 2017-C22 Sidewalk Repairs: Each year FTPW staff inspect a portion of the sidewalks in the Township right of way. A contract is put out to bid and awarded to a contractor to repair those sidewalks not repaired by residents.
29. Contract 2017-C24 Playground Safety Upgrades: Nothing currently scheduled.
30. Contract 2017-C25 Park Drinking Fountain Upgrade Program: Starting in 2017 with the replacement of the Park Hills playground drinking fountain, it is planned to budget funds to replace a drinking fountain in each park each year until complete.
31. Contract 2017-P2 Stormpipe Video Assessment: Each year staff puts out a contract to video and document the condition of storm pipes in advance of capital projects to determine replacement and maintenance needs.
32. Arborist and Ferguson Township Tree Commission: The next meeting is April 17.
33. Maintenance Section: Work for the week beginning April 10 includes preparation for microsurfacing jobs, sod repair, Suburban Park restoration, street sweeping and repairs and maintenance on equipment. Work for the week beginning April 17 includes brush collection and inlet repairs on Martin Street.