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Transit authority moves ahead with storage facility plans

Westmoreland County transit officials hope to begin construction in the spring on a nearly 28,000-square-foot maintenance and storage facility in Hempfield.

The county transit authority’s board decided Thursday to advertise for bids starting Dec. 1, with groundbreaking to take place as early as March 1.

The building along Business Route 66 is expected to cost about $7.5 million, board Chairman Frank Tosto said. The authority will continue to use a refurbished building at the same location.

The facility will contain five bays with capacity for 20 full-length buses, said architect Sarina Bodnar of DRS Architects in Pittsburgh, who attended last night’s board meeting.

Bids will be due Jan. 13. The board hopes to select contractors later that month.

Authority Executive Director Larry Morris said the March 1 date was “flexible” and depended on the bidding process going smoothly.


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