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Chuck Biedka
New Kensington officials say they don’t know who spray-painted messages on Carl Avenue, asking the city to pave the road, but they say they agree and the road is scheduled for reconstruction this month.

Plans are in the works to fix Carl Avenue by the end of the month, but so are other plans to tear it up for utility work next year.

City Engineer Tony Males said the project needs deeper excavation. Therefore, proposals are being solicited from companies with the right type of equipment.

Deeper digging is needed because of the clay present below the asphalt, he said. Some of that clay will have to be replaced with a more solid foundation. City employees will handle the rest of the work and the city hopes to get it done by the end of the month, Males said. “That’s still our aim,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Authority of New Kensington is preparing to repair parts of the Carl Avenue damaged by water line breaks last spring, Authority Manager Jim Matta said.

Months after Carl Avenue is repaired and repaved, it will be subject to utility work during the second or third quarter of 2019, Councilman Tim DiMaio.

That would be as early as April or as late as September 2019.

Peoples Gas plans to replace gas lines on Carl Avenue and two other streets, spokesman Barry Kukovich said.

The other streets are Freeport Road and Forrest Street, both in New Kensington.

Peoples Gas is in the process of replace metal gas lines with plastic lines across its system.

The work will involve about 3,100 feet of Carl Avenue, about 2,000 along Freeport Road and a small length along Forrest Street.

Curb to curb repaving will be part of the work, according to the company Web site’s description of pipe replacement.

Late last month, someone spray-painted graffiti, asking the city to repave the busy road.

The neat, orange spray-painted messages are simple: “Fix me.” One even implores, “Please fix me.”

“It’s on the list of streets to do,” Mayor Tom Guzzo said after hearing about the street messages.

The street is used as a shortcut by drivers who don’t want to wait for the traffic light at the intersection of Tarentum Bridge and Leechburg roads.

Some residents hope the street can be made one-way from Craigdell Road to Tarentum Bridge Road .

Although the speed limit is 25 mph, some drivers speed on the street. DiMaio said speed bumps should be installed.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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