The Mt. Tabor Road Restoration and Pedestrian Safety project includes nearly 1.1 miles of new road construction, full curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. The need for this project is clear, considering the renewed surface cracking and foundation shifting occurring near the Slate Run creek slopes, along with the lack of any pedestrian facilities along the roadway. This project will provide a much needed reconstructed road that will aim to improve both pedestrian safety and provide traffic calming mechanisms.
Additionally, this project will provide a long-term solution to the road-erosion and safety issues on Mt. Tabor Road. Over 2 years ago, a slide occurred on the hillside of Mt. Tabor Road. The City provided a temporary solution to the road failure and erosion issues 2 years ago, and this new federally funded project (80% federal funding, 20% local funding) will ensure that a long-term solution is in place that keeps residents and families in the neighborhood safe. The total anticipated cost for the Mt. Tabor road reconstruction project is about $6.5 million, with the city’s 20% percentage being about $1.3 million.
The original plans for improvement to the area called for a roundabout at the intersection of Mt. Tabor Road and Klerner Lane. After receiving feedback from residents and neighbors, this intersection has been scaled back to a 4-way intersection with a traffic signal.
A public project review and open house is set for August 22nd from 6pm-8pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the basement area. Representatives from the engineering consultants for the project (Beam, Longest, and Neff) along with city officials will be available to answer questions or concerns brought up by neighbors.
“In the meantime, project and city officials will be contacting residents directly as they pertain to individual concerns,” stated John Rosenbarger, Public Works Projects Supervisor.