Shaler officials plan Fawcett Fields' streams, trails restoration - ShalerJournal.com

Shaler officials plan Fawcett Fields’ streams, trails restoration

Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 12:01 AM


Shaler continues to move forward with plans to restore Fawcett Fields’ streams, trails and bridge, according to township engineer Matt Sebastian.

Gateway Engineers has worked with the township on a plan for the project encompassing Fawcett Field and Eagle Canyon Trail, which connects the park to Wetzel Road. Contractors seek to re-establish the original location of the park’s stream, which may have bypassed debris or flattened through deep, localized channels — a potential cause for flooding. Its banks also may have eroded.

PennDOT’s $1-2 million Wetzel Road Bridge replacement project will provide access near the bridge to Eagle Canyon Trail.

“Traffic will be detoured in 2020 at the end of the school year to construct the bridge. Additional work includes approach roadway repairs, drainage and guide rail improvements, signing, and pavement marking upgrades. The overall project is anticipated to conclude in late 2020,” according to a PennDOT list of 2019 Allegheny County highway and bridge projects.

Two Boy Scouts from Troop 560 constructed the original trail for their Eagle Scout Project. Sebastian said Shaler officials will share their project ideas with and gather input from Boy Scout and Allison Park Sportsman Club representatives at the 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 board of commissioners committee meeting.

Commissioners passed an ordinance condemning a vacant and tax-delinquent property to accommodate the Eagle Canyon Trail’s improvements. Officials have not been able to locate the property owner.

In other news:

• The commissioners approved a subdivision of Stoneridge Covenant Church property at 811 Dressel Road. Once the subdivision is complete, the township plans to purchase the 24,829-square-foot land that it has leased from the church. The property will continue to exist as Stoneridge Park.

• Sebastian said that he received results from the 2019 RoadBotics infrastructure evaluation of the township’s roadways.

“With this information, combined with notes from our internal evaluation, a preliminary paving list for the 2020 Road Paving Program will be presented at the January Board Committee Meetings,” he said.