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Informational Statement

O'Hara Township Council and staff have always strived to provide the best services to our residents. Public Safety is one of those important services. The Fox Chapel Area School District communities, through cooperation, collaboration and mutual aid agreements have always helped one another with the delivery of excellent Public Safety service. Recently, there have been discussions among community elected officials about how the communities could improve efficiencies and effectiveness of Public Safety delivery. As a result of these meetings, the Township has been asked to participate in an information gathering study conducted by the State Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The study would gather, compile and present valuable information about the operation of the Police Departments participating in the study.

The information gathered by studying police operations would be a valuable input in updating the Township's Comprehensive Ten Year Plan (the overall Plan addressing the direction and priorities of our Township). This study would be done at no cost to all of the local municipalities. Council has invited Ron Stern from the DCED who would conduct the proposed police study to give a presentation on the study methodology, process and timeline at our April 3 Workshop meeting. Ron Stern is a local government policy specialist with the Governor's Center for Local Government Services, a DCED office. He is a retired police officer with 20 years of service, including 10 years as a municipal police chief. If the Township agrees to participate in the study it will have to execute a standard DCED form letter of intent. A letter of intent to participate in the DCED study does not commit O'Hara Township to make any changes in our Police Department or to join any other communities in a Joint or Regional Police Force.

Council wishes to invite all interested parties to attend the April 3rd Workshop. The Workshop is held in Council Chambers at the municipal building and starts at 7:00 PM.

Freeport Road Bridge Construction

PennDOT has awarded Clearwater Construction the contract for replacement of the Freeport Road bridge between Aspinwall and Sharpsburg (near the Highland Park bridge). Construction of the bridge is expected to begin in April and be completed in October.

In advance of the bridge replacement a temporary pedestrian bridge will be built. Construction of the temporary bridge begins February 5 and will require the closure of Freeport Road over the weekend of February 24 and 25, weather permitting (alternate weekend is March 3 and 4). All traffic will be rerouted. Traffic control signs will be erected to direct traffic around the work area.

Port Authority Advises Riders of Bus Detours during Construction

DETOUR NOTICE 18-049-0 2/23/2018 Temporary Deviation on Routes 1 -Freeport Road 1/91-Freeport - Butler Connector 91 -Butler Street Closure Of Freeport Road Bridge Spanning Norfolk-Southern Railroad Track In Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania Effective: 2/24/2018 to 2/25/2018 Weekend Effective Saturday, February 24, 2018 At Approximately 8:00 AM, Finshing Any Time Between Saturday Evening To Sunday Evening, February 25, 2018 Based On Work Completion

The work and closure is scheduled to begin on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at approximately 8:00 AM; though permitted to be closed all weekend, if necessary, the hope is to have the bridge open earlier. The work is also weather sensitive and subject to postponement. Due to geographical, street and schedule limitations, existing buses can not serve Sharpsburg directly during the weekend closure; they will be detoured to a common point on Bridge Street at N. Main Street where a "SPECIAL" shuttle will meet the detoured buses and connect Sharpsburg residents to them. The free "SPECIAL" Shuttle will operate only as long as the bridge is closed; once open, regular route will resume through Sharpsburg.

For more information on the weekend detour please call 412-442-4000 or go to the Detours section under Schedules & Maps on the Port Authority website at: .

Route 28 Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project

PennDOT District 11 and the Federal Highway Administration hosted a public meeting on Tuesday, December 12 to provide information on the Route 28 Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project.

The proposed project will address the existing bottleneck and congested traffic flow on Route 28 at the Highland Park interchange. Work includes the reconstruction of Route 28 between the Delafield Avenue interchange and Route 1003 (North Canal Street/Kittanning Pike), re-establishing two travel lanes in each direction through the interchange, and improvements of the acceleration and deceleration ramps. Route 28 ramp reconstruction work with the Highland Park Bridge and Route 1001 (Freeport Road), safety improvements, bridge preservation, and other miscellaneous construction activities are also included in the project.

If you were unable to attend the meeting on the Reconstruction Project here is a link to the PennDOT website that has all the information that was presented at the meeting-

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