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Part of Painters Run Road Reopens and Another Part Closes

USC Administration - Thursday, July 30, 2020
From Allegheny County Department of Public Works:

Allegheny County Department of Public Works reopened part of the 1800 block of Painters Run Road in Scott Township and Upper St. Clair to traffic. The closure, which began on July 20, 2020 as part of an ongoing project, was required for preservation of Painters Run Bridge No. 9. That work included repairs to the bridge deck, installation of guide rail, and paving.

Another part of Painters Run Road – just west of its intersection with McMillan Road in Upper St. Clair – is now closed. While completing drainage work there, crews encountered an unmarked underground mine void that might affect the road’s stability. As a result, Allegheny County Public Works will keep that section of road closed until it can ensure that it is safe for drivers.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation are being brought in to evaluate the mine void and potential remediation options. At this time, there is no timetable for when the road will reopen. When one has been established, that information will be provided to the public.

Traffic will be detoured using Bower Hill Road, Kelso Road and Rob Hollow Road.

As previously announced, paving work will begin on July 31, 2020 on other sections of Painters Run Road between Bower Hill Road in Scott Township and Cedar Boulevard in Mt. Lebanon. The majority of that work, which is expected to last at least two weeks, will occur overnight – between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday-Saturday. The department worked with the affected municipalities for a waiver of their noise ordinances and is notifying property owners who might be impacted by the night work.

While paving work is taking place, drivers can expect to experience short stoppages in work zones. Flaggers will be used to control traffic, and drivers are urged to use caution in the area.

After the paving work is complete, crews will return to working between daylight hours only – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – until the project ends. The project was expected to end in August, but the mine void could alter that schedule.

The project is being done by Northeast Paving, a division of Eurovia Atlantic Coast, LLC, of Pittsburgh, as part of the $10.7 million 2019 Capital Roads contract.

Part of Painters Run Road in Upper St. Clair to Close June 15

Public Works - Monday, June 01, 2020
From the Allegheny County Department of Public Works:

Painters Run Road will close just west of the intersection with McMillan Road in Upper St. Clair starting 7 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020. The closure, which is expected to last at least one week, is required for a slope repair. Traffic will be detoured using Bower Hill Road, Kelso Road and Rob Hollow Road.

Additionally, there will be another upcoming closure. Starting in July, Painters Run Bridge No. 9, which is located on the 1800 block of Painters Run Road in Scott Township, will close for a complete deck and parapet replacement as well as repairs to deteriorated concrete under the structure. Traffic will be detoured using Bower Hill Road, Kelso Road and Rob Hollow Road. 

The work is part of an ongoing Allegheny County project on Painters Run Road that also requires short stoppages in work zones between Bower Hill Road in Scott Township and Cedar Boulevard in Mt. Lebanon. Work on that section includes structural repairs, roadway drainage and base repairs, guide rail installation, as well as milling and paving. The work is expected to end in November 2020. 

May 6 Upper St. Clair COVID 19 Update

USC Administration - Wednesday, May 06, 2020
As we look forward to the reopening of businesses in Allegheny County and the southwestern Pennsylvania region, we remind residents that Upper St. Clair staff is available to respond to calls for inquiries regarding permitting, tax payments and other related matters. The municipal building, tax office, community development office and public works building all remain closed to in-person service beyond Friday, May 8, 2020 and until further notice. 

The Community & Recreation Center will remain closed in the red and yellow phases as set forth by the guidelines contained in the Commonwealth's Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.

We remained encouraged, as a region, to move into the yellow phase of the Governor's plan, and what that may provide for our residents and business owners. As information is made available to Upper St. Clair staff and clarity is provided as to what activities are permissible, we will advise the community. Until then, we remind those who visit our parks, walking trails and essential businesses to be kind and respectful to others by practicing proper social distancing and following CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines. 

PA Authorizes Construction Activities Starting May 1 and USC Extends Closures Through May 8

USC Administration - Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Beginning Friday, May 1, construction business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is permitted to maintain in-person operations. Allowable construction activities include new construction, renovation and repair, land development and subdivision and design-related activities. This may be accomplished under specified guidance through the PA Department of Health. Upper St. Clair inspectors also will be available for construction inspection activity. While the Township of Upper St. Clair municipal building, tax office, community development office, and public works buildings all remain closed to in-person service until further notice, the staff is available during normal business hours under the “drop box protocol” for the processing of permits, tax payments, questions, and phone calls.

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania,” unveiled on April 21, Pennsylvania is in the red phase with stay-at-home orders and life-sustaining operations only. In consideration of those directives, the Community & Recreation Center (C&RC) and the Upper St. Clair Library will remain closed through May 8.

C&RC membership fees for the month of April were waived for all active members. Upper St. Clair staff is pleased to announce this waiver will continue into the month of May, as long as the C&RC remains closed. The “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania” states that all “indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities (gyms, spas) and all public entertainment (casinos and theaters)” are to remain closed through the red and yellow phases.

Room rentals at the C&RC and the McLaughlin Run Activity Center through May 8 are canceled and deposits will be refunded. All recreation programs and activities are also canceled through May 8.  Recreation staff, as always, is available to answer questions by phone at 412-221-1099.      

The library will continue to not assess fines during the closure. Residents should continue to keep items at home until such time the library reopens. Access to the library’s e-resources remains available, however the ability to hold items is temporarily disabled through the Allegheny County Library Association due to high demands.

Upper St. Clair leaders are diligently reviewing all available information, including state and federal guidelines, as Allegheny County and our region draw closer to the yellow phase. In the interim, playgrounds and sports courts in Upper St. Clair remain closed until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor hockey courts, sand volleyball, etc. Park walking and hiking trails remain available for residents and visitors. Park users are asked to follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines and practice proper social distancing.

Upper St. Clair staff remains encouraged that each day and week we get closer to realizing the reopening of local businesses and facilities. There is much work to accomplish as we continue through the spring and prepare for the summer determining as to what those operations may entail. As the C&RC staff posted on the main window of the building, it goes for all municipal operations, “We Miss You,” and look forward to once again engaging with our residents, friends and neighbors. 

Continue to visit this website and the Upper St. Clair Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for updates.

Waste Management Suspends Bulk Item Pickups

Public Works - Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Due to the reduced number of employees in the field during the COVID-19 pandemic, Waste Management is temporarily suspending the collection of items not fully contained within the Upper St. Clair-issued carts. This includes extra bags and bulk items, such as furniture, carpet, appliances and mattresses. 

Waste Management will continue to collect waste and recycling in the Township-issued carts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

The Township of Upper St. Clair leadership team will remain in communication with Waste Management and we will let you know when loose and bulk items will again be picked up. 

Work on Painters Run Road to Begin March 9

Public Works - Monday, February 24, 2020

From Allegheny County: Work on Painters Run Road in Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon and Scott Township will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020. It is expected to end in October 2020.

The project involves three parts:

1. Crews will make structural repairs to Painters Run Bridge No. 9, which is located on the 1800 block of Painters Run Road in Scott Township. That work will begin at 7 a.m. on March 9 and won’t initially require traffic restrictions. Starting in July, however, there will be a full closure of the road at the bridge.

2. Crews will make structural repairs to Painters Run Bridge No. 3, which is located about 350 feet east of the intersection of Painters Run Road and McMillan Road in Upper St. Clair. That work will begin after the repairs to Painters Run Bridge No. 9 are completed and will likely require traffic restrictions.

2. Crews will perform guide rail installation, drainage work, base repair, as well as milling and paving on Painters Run Road between Bower Hill Road and Cedar Boulevard in Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon and Scott Township. That work will begin in April and will require short stoppages in work zones with flaggers controlling traffic.

The project will be done by Northeast Paving, a division of Eurovia Atlantic Coast, LLC, of Pittsburgh.

Columbia Gas Pipeline Project Set to Begin in January

Public Works - Thursday, December 19, 2019
Columbia Gas will begin a pipeline project in Upper St. Clair in January.

Work is scheduled to begin Jan. 6, 2020. It will begin at Tall Trees/Morrow Road, extend down Morrow Road to Mayview Road, and then run northwest up Mayview Road to the new development at Laurel Place. Laurel Place is a new townhouse plan along Mayview Road. 

Work will be performed between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Residents in the area should have received notices from the gas company in the mail.

The project is expected to last two months, weather permitting. 

Tips for the Winter Season

Public Works - Tuesday, November 12, 2019

As we see our first snowfall of the season, here are some reminders from the Upper St. Clair Public Works Department:
  • During snowstorms and ice storms, emergency phone calls only please to the Police & Public Works Departments.
  • Do NOT shovel snow into the street, it is a violation of the PA Vehicle Code.
  • Check Cable 7, the Township website or social media for news of any trash and/or recycling delays.
  • Per Chapter 109 of the Township Code, sidewalks should be shoveled within 12 hours after snow/ice event is over.
  • Keep fire hydrants free of snow.
  • Keep parked vehicles and trash/recycling cans out of the street to allow for snowplow access.
  • During a snowstorm/ice storm, major arteries are cleared first as a matter of public safety and for emergency vehicles.

A Number of 2019 Road Paving Projects Planned for Upper St. Clair

Public Works - Tuesday, March 26, 2019

It’s orange cone season in Pittsburgh, and here in Upper St. Clair, residents will likely see more road construction than usual in 2019.

PennDOT plans a major paving project on Route 19 between the Washington County border and McMurray/McLaughlin Run roads. It will include intersection upgrades at the Boyce and Old Washington road intersections.

More intersection upgrades will occur at the Panther Pass/McLaughlin Run and Johnston/McMurray Roads.

McMillan, Lesnett and Painters Run roads are all scheduled for repaving this summer. The project may also include a culvert replacement along Painters Run Road.

The following Township roads are currently on the Public Works Department’s plan for repaving in 2019. This list may change if weather or other unforeseen circumstances delay the contractor. If the following roads are not repaved in 2019, they will likely be repaved in 2020:

-Alamo Drive from Monterey to house address 283
-Allison Drive from Taper to the cul de sac
-Casa Drive from Carmell to Carmell
-Ewing Circle from Mill Grove to the cul de sac
-Fernridge Drive from Old Meadow to Rolling Meadow
-Fieldgate Drive from house address 132 to 176
-Fieldmont Drive from Springmeadow to house address 1897
-Firston Circle from Old Meadow to the cul de sac
-Hays Road from Old Washington to Hays Park
-Larch Circle from Thorntree to Terminus
-Mesa Circle from Casa to the cul de sac
-Monterey Drive from Hays to Terminus
-Moon Ridge Drive from Star Ridge to Sky Ridge
-Partridge Run Road from Chapelwood to Chapelwood
-Ridgewood Road from Hastings Mill to the cul de sac
-Rolling Meadow Road from Fernridge to Montclair
-Rolling Meadow Road from Old Meadow to the cul de sac
-Rossmoor Drive from Hays to Forestbrook
-Springmeadow Drive from house address 172 to the cul de sac
-Star Ridge Drive from Sky Ridge to Sun Ridge
-Swanson Lane from Mill Grove to the cul de sac
-Thorntree Drive from Boyce to Pinetree
-Truxton Drive from McLaughlin to Blairmont
-Wiltshire Drive from McMurray to Lambeth
-Municipal Tennis Courts #7 and #8         

The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognizes the benefits of well-maintained streets and is committed to a regular schedule of street repairs.

New Glass Recycling Option for Upper St. Clair

Public Works - Friday, February 22, 2019
There is a new glass recycling option for Upper St. Clair and other South Hills residents.

Starting in March, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) will introduce a series of “pop-up” glass recycling collection events in response to the sudden removal of glass from many the region’s residential curbside recycling programs, “Based on overwhelming demand from residents, local governments and the glass industry, PRC is announcing a new alternative for glass recycling,” according to PRC Co-Executive Director Justin Stockdale. “This exciting new program will ensure that glass is not trash, even if it can no longer be put out for curbside recycling in numerous municipalities due to recent changes in waste haulers’ contracts.”

The first of numerous pop-up recycling collection events will take place:

Saturday, March 9, 2019
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Village Square Mall parking lot, Bethel Park.

Residents can drop off all colors of glass bottles, jars and jugs at no cost. PRC staff and volunteers will be on-site to assist recyclers.

“PRC is excited to introduce this new opportunity for glass recycling in the Pittsburgh area that will not only provide a solution for residents but that keeps the supply of recycled glass flowing to the mills that consume it as a raw material,” said Stockdale

The pop-up glass recycling network is sponsored by CAP Glass, Owens Illinois and Straub Brewery in conjunction with several local municipalities impacted by recent changes in curbside recycling regulations, including the Township of Upper St. Clair.

“We commend the municipal governments who helped PRC develop this network for their strong commitment to recycling and leadership,” said Stockdale. “PRC hopes to expand this service by partnering with additional municipalities who also recognize that glass remains a valuable commodity with vibrant demand in the regional/national recycled materials marketplace.”

All events take place Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

March 9 VILLAGE SQUARE MALL (sponsored by Municipality of Bethel Park)
March 30 EDGEWORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (sponsored by Edgeworth Borough)
April 6 SOUTH FAYETTE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX (sponsored by South Fayette Township)
April 13 DORMONT POOL (sponsored by Borough of Dormont)
April 27 AVALON BOROUGH PARK (sponsored by Borough of Avalon)
May 11 VILLAGE SQUARE MALL (sponsored by Township of Upper St. Clair)
June 1 AVONWORTH PARK (sponsored by Kilbuck Township)
June 8 location to be announced (sponsored by Municipality of Mt. Lebanon)

For more information, visit www.prc.org/glassrecycling or email glass@prc.org.
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