A 2009 letter of agreement between Cranberry and PennDOT stipulated the terms of a partnership to spend a $1.6 million federal appropriation for improvements to Freedom Road. But when construction bids came in, the quotes were actually below what had been anticipated, leaving more money on the PennDOT side of the partnership than anticipated.
At the same time, Township Assistant Manager Duane McKee told the Board of Supervisors at their May 26 meeting, the $60,000 cost of inspection, which the Township had agreed to pay, doubled as a result of the two-shift work that completing the project would now require. Thankfully, PennDOT agreed to use its surplus to pay the inspection cost, resulting in a $120,000 savings for the Township.
At their meeting, the Board approved the needed changes to their PennDOT agreement which enabled that transfer to take place.