Murrysville officials recently announced approximately $21.5 million in capital improvement plans over the next five years, including construction work on the Logan’s Ferry Road, Heather Highlands and Cal-Ken Court bridges.
More than 70% of the capital improvement funding will go to road surface and infrastructure projects, according to chief financial officer Jacie Milchak.
“Some of the priority roads include Wiestertown Road, School Road, Logan’s Ferry Road, Bulltown, Pleasant Valley and Sardis Road between School Road and Mamont Road,” Milchak said.
Murrysville Community Development Coordinator Jim Morrison said city staff are working with state lawmakers to have the Logan’s Ferry Bridge project included in the transportation improvement program, which will raise more than $125. million to Westmoreland County for infrastructure projects, including $36 million for Highway 30 corridor improvements, $40 million for the Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project, and $50 million for bridge works throughout the county.
Milchak said bringing the bridge project into the program could cover up to 95% of the estimated $3 million cost.
“It’s going to be able to support a lot of the big bridge projects that we have,” she said.
Work on the Logan’s Ferry Bridge is expected to take place in 2024, Milchak said.
In 2023, city officials plan to spend about $1.5 million on road paving and other major road repairs, using $180,000 to complete a second phase of work on the road landslide. Meadowbrook, to replace two police vehicles and two public works dump trucks and to construct the amphitheater. at Murrysville Community Park as well as restrooms and parking areas.
Capital expenditures in 2023 are expected to be approximately $3.9 million.
Milchak said council’s decision to increase the municipal share of earned income tax by 0.2%, as well as the real estate transfer tax by 0.5%, has helped create a new source of revenue. revenues to shore up diminishing returns from property taxes.
“They’ve always been strong numbers, and it’s unlikely to go down because it’s a desirable area,” she said.
Murrysville Council Chairman Dayne Dice thanked Milchak and new chief administrator Michael Nestico for their work.
“It really lets you see where we are and where we’re going,” Dice said.