Public Works Director’s Report to the Board of Supervisors
for the regular meeting on May 15, 2017
Special Brush Collection: In response to recent storm damage, the Township Public Works Department is conducted a special round of brush collection starting 7:00am on Monday, May15th. Typical collection rules apply.
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 near Osmond Avenue Street.
Staff is interviewing 2 firms the week of May 15 that submitted proposals in response to 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. After the proposals are reviewed and ranked, staff will provide a recommendation to the Board.
Penn State Sustainable Communities Collaborative: Final project reports were received for various solar projects at the Township Building and for stormwater drainage stabilization in Park Hills.
Research and prepare a draft revised Pave Cut and Highway Occupancy Ordinance: this is a goal for 2017
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.
Contract 2016-C17 Fairbrook Park Parking Lot Paving: See separate award memo.
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.
Contract 2017-C1 Kansa Avenue: This project is out to bid for an opening on June 13th. The project is also a topic of discussion for the June 5th regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
Contract 2017-C2 Valley Vista/Science Park and Bachman/Valley Vista turn lanes: This contract was awarded to GOH on April 18, 2017. Construction is expected to start in June and be completed in August.
Contract 2017-C3 Martin Street: See separate award memo for the paving contract. FTPW is performing base repair and inlet repairs in advance of paving. A future contract will be put out to bid to line the stormpipes. Wolyniec Construction started work to install ADA accessible curb ramps on April 10th.
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.
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 in June.
Contract 2017-C6 Concrete Curb and Ramp upgrades: Wolyniec Construction started work to install ADA accessible curb ramps on April 10th. Work continues.
Contract 2017-C8 Pavement Markings: Project was awarded on March 13, 2017. Work is expected to start in May. No start date set.
Contract 2017-C9 Microsurfacing: This contract is currently out to bid for an opening on May 16th. 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.
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.
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.
Contract 2017-C12 Traffic Signal LED Replacements: Each year the Township purchases LEDs and replaces them at signalized intersections after approximately 7 years of service. Work is performed by FTPW.
Contract 2017-C13 Street Tree Planting: Most trees are planted by our contractor Robert Behrer. The remaining 58 trees are scheduled to be planted in the median of Blue Course Drive starting on or about May 15th.
Contact 2017-C16 Oak Wilt Treatment: The bid was awarded March 13th and work is expected to start once the oak trees completely leaf out in May or possibly June.
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.
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.
Contract 2017-C19 Fairbrook Park Baseball Backstop: A new backstop is planned for 2017.
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.
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.
Contract 2017- C22 Meckley Road Paving: This project is out to bid for an opening on May 30th.
Contract 2017-C24 Playground Safety Upgrades: Nothing currently scheduled.
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.
Contract 2017-C26 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.
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.
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.
Arborist and Ferguson Township Tree Commission: The next meeting is May 15, 2017.
Maintenance Section: Work for the two weeks starting May 15 includes brush collection, roadside mowing, topsoil and seed backup of curb ramp upgrades, roadway base repairs on Martin Street, various work orders including sign installations, and equipment and vehicle maintenance.