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City of Duquesne officials apply for $2 million Community Development Block Grant

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Roads in the City of Duquesne have yet to be repaired after sustaining damage as debris was removed in heavy trucks following the 2011 tornado.

City officials are now working to fund the repairs, by applying for up to $2 million in grant money.

Ned Shea owns Lined Products, LLC just off Duquesne Road.

The wall in front of his property is in need of repair, after a driver slid off the road and onto his property last month.

"If the road had more traction on it, I don't think he would have gone off the road," Shea said.

And it's not just Duquesne Road in need of repair.

The Duquesne Police Department has seen other problem areas, such as the intersection of 20th Street and Katherine Street.

"There have been semis that have actually run off the road there and become stuck," said Chief Tommy Kitch, Duquesne Police Department. "It's just a road design issue and the road itself deteriorating."

City of Duquesne officials are hopeful the Community Development Block Grant will not only fund repairs to the most increasingly dangerous areas, but also all other roads damaged following the 2011 tornado.

"All the damage from the tornado and the heavy trucks have definitely taken a toll," said Lisa Daugherty, acting board president for the City of Duquesne.

City officials estimate 53,000 feet, or about 10 miles, of road are in need of repair.

Officials are planning for a two and a half inch overlay on all roads, and in some areas, repairs to the base as well.

"It's not just a temporary band-aid or a temporary fix, this is something that will last for years," Daugherty said.

As part of the grant application process, several engineering firms have been contacted.

The council plans to approve a firm before March 6.

"It's absolutely a positive step," Kitch said.

"I'm pleased that they're even thinking about it," Shea said.

Officials hope the grant will come through and allow all needed changes to be made.

"We're definitely hoping that we're looking at everything being covered," Daugherty said.

If everything goes as planned, city officials hope to be laying down asphalt by this summer.
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