There eventually will be a new traffic signal at Warren and Ben Franklin roads, near the Sheetz convenience store.
White Township Manager Milt Lady told the township board of supervisors Wednesday that PennDOT has given tentative approval to a revised project utilizing only two poles and not requiring curb cuts for the handicapped.
It’s meant to fit a $172,545 grant PennDOT awarded last fall for a traffic signal long sought for Warren Road, under the state transportation department’s Municipal Signal Partnership or Green Light Go program.
Bids submitted in April for the traffic signal contract were well above what the township hoped to get with funding from the grant, as well as a township match that brought the total package to $215,745.
Lady said last month that one bidder submitted a $323,730.55 offer — 50 percent over the expected budget — while the other was nearly two times what the township budgeted at $400,000.
Lady said he hopes to award a contract for the work on July 24.
Another contract considered by the board Wednesday night also will go beyond federal and state grants awarded for the Fulton Run Sanitary Sewer Project.
“It was just underestimated,” Lady said of expectations that a contract would remain within $200,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant and $100,000 in state Commonwealth Financing Authority funding, not to mention $100,000 from the White Township Municipal Authority.
The township made a recommendation that Bison Construction Inc. of Fairmount City, Clarion County, be awarded a $602,000 contract, an action to be forwarded to the authority as well as the Indiana County Board of Commissioners.
That was the low bid while two other would-be contractors stayed within $700,000 and a third offered to do the job for $900,000. Supervisor Steven Kelly moved to recommend Bison while Supervisor Eugene Gemmell, who chairs the authority, seconded that motion.
The project will have the capacity to handle 25 equivalent dwelling units, though not at first. Its aim is to eliminate the use of malfunctioning on-lot sewage systems.
As designed by Skelly & Loy Inc. of Harmar Township, Allegheny County, it will have a central control building as well as two treatment facilities, one of which will handle nine EDUs, the other eventually handling seven.
“We are required to do that in the near future by the (state Department of Environmental Protection),” Gemmell said.
Gemmell did wonder if there was enough time to rebid but Lady said there wasn’t. The project also falls under limitations in the township’s Act 537 and Corrective Action plans.
“We have no choice?” Supervisor Gail McCauley asked.
“We have no choice,” Gemmell said.