Congressman Doyle Presents $800,000 Check to Local Communities for Sewer Reconstruction

March 6, 2006
Press Release

Pittsburgh, PA – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) is coming to the aid of several Allegheny County communities with federal funding to help remove streams that flow into their sewer lines.

As part of the ongoing Route 28 reconstruction project, Congressman Doyle secured $800,000 in funding for O’Hara Township, Millvale Borough, Sharpsburg Borough, Reserve Township, and the City of Pittsburgh to end the discharge of two streams into a municipal sewer system and to eliminate drainage from Route 28 as a cause of sewer overflows into the Allegheny River.

“I’m pleased to have been able to help these local communities address a pressing public health and environmental problem,” Congressman Doyle said today in presenting the check to Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and a number of local officials.  “I have been working to find a cost-effective way to eliminate the shortcomings in our local wastewater treatment systems since the issue first arose in the late 1990s,” Doyle added.  “I’ve worked long and hard to secure federal funding to deal with the aging and outdated wastewater infrastructure system in Allegheny County, and I am continuing to work in Congress to secure additional assistance for these efforts.”

The Fried and Reineman stream discharges into a culvert in Reserve Township at the Reserve Township/ Millvale Borough line behind the Millvale Industrial Park.   State Route 28 crosses the location of the stream’s original path.  During the original construction of the highway, the stream was diverted into a culvert which emptied into a combined sanitary/storm sewer line.  Storm water runoff from SR-28 also discharges into the combined sewer and the ALCOSAN system on the Allegheny River near Washington’s Landing. 

The Ravine Street stream discharges into a sewer line in O’Hara Township just north of Sharpsburg Borough.  That line discharges into the Sharpsburg combined sewer system at the intersection of State Route 28 and Ravine Street.   The Sharpsburg sewer system discharges into the ALCOSAN interceptor system at the Allegheny River as well.  Storm water runoff from SR 28 also discharges into this stream and exacerbates the situation, increasing storm flows into the combined sewer and the ALCOSAN system. 

A highway widening and realignment project is scheduled for Route 28.  This project provides an opportunity to remove the storm inlets from the sewer system and direct them to a new storm system.  The total cost to remove the direct stream inflow source and state highway runoff from the municipal sewer system has been estimated at approximately $1 million.

“This project will provide an obvious benefit for both the environment and local public health, and I anticipate it will also facilitate local efforts to promote economic development as well,” Congressman Doyle said.  “We’ve come a long way in cleaning up our waterways, but we’ve still got a way to go in terms of modernizing our wastewater infrastructure.”

Under the direction of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, local efforts to remove streams from municipal sewer systems are at varying planning, design and construction. 

“These projects exemplify the far-sighted municipal cooperation that is under way in our region to address the challenging sewerage issues facing the region,”Congressman Doyle said.