The Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road program will fund repairs to reduce sediment entering Little Sewickley Creek from a landslide on Pink House Road in Sewickley Heights Borough.

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 3, 2018) -- Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) announced $364,000 in grant awards for road improvement projects in four municipalities to reduce stormwater impacts and erosion.
The Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road program, administered by ACCD, funds projects on or around roads that are unpaved or are paved and receive less than 500 cars per day in traffic. This program encourages Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance practices intended to improve interactions between roads, streams and ecosystems across the state.

“The road system can have a significant impact on our water quality when stormwater runoff causes sediment from unpaved or poorly paved roads to erode into a nearby stream,” said Emily Wise, Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservationist. “Each year, this program makes a difference in our community by minimizing erosion, preventing or repairing landslides and ultimately improving the health of our streams.”

Three Low-Volume Road (LVR) grants and one Dirt and Gravel Road (DGR) grant were awarded. Selected projects for the year are listed below:

Braddock Hills Borough - $68,000 – Vermont Avenue (LVR) – The Borough is awarded funds to address road stabilization due to an undersized stream crossing. Grant funds will be used to replace a 24” pipe with a 60” metal arch pipe, install four inlets and 50 linear feet of 15” pipe to collect drainage, and add riprap to convey drainage from nearby residential areas.

Brentwood Borough - $82,000 – Wanley Road (DGR) – The award will be used to address road stabilization and flooding issues caused by undersized culverts on Wanley Road. Project funds will be used to replace a 48” concrete pipe with a 17.5’ span aluminum box culvert and stabilize both sides of the stream bank. This will create a wider active stream channel that will reduce the negative impacts of the stream on Wanley Road.

Lincoln Borough - $69,000 – Fuehrer Drive (LVR) – Funding is awarded to repair a landslide caused by subsurface drainage on Fuehrer Drive. Funds will be used to install Gabion Baskets under the road to stabilize the slope, stabilize the streambank on the west side of the road and repave the portion of road being stabilized.

Sewickley Heights Borough - $145,000 – Pink House Road (LVR) – The award will be used to repair a landslide caused by subsurface drainage on Pink House Road using a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Wall. Funds will be used to install a GRS Wall, expand an existing vegetated ditch, and install underdrain to convey drainage away from the road surface. This will stabilize the road surface and prevent further impacts to the tributary to Little Sewickley Creek.

A total of 15 Low Volume and five Dirt and Gravel applications were received from municipalities across the county. Each application was reviewed for its adherence to program parameters, application detail, environmental impact and projected cost.

The County Conservation District Quality Assurance Board (QAB) met on Oct. 16, 2018, and selected funded projects, which were later approved for funding at Allegheny County Conservation District’s board meeting on Oct. 17, 2018.

The 2019-20 grant cycle will open on July 1, 2019.


About Allegheny County Conservation District: ACCD, an urban conservation district, provides specific programming aimed at improving Allegheny County’s natural resources and reducing non-point source pollution through technical assistance, resources, leadership and enforcement.

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