This week has been the week when PENNDOT restarted work on the project to widen the Tarentum Bridge Road in New Kensington. The wider road will be welcomed when it is completed, but this week there have been massive traffic tie-ups along the road.
Today I thought I recognized some familiar faces directing traffic along the road. They looked like some of Tarentum's finest, and sure enough, they were!
Among the familiar outsiders directing traffic in New Kensington was Tarentum Borough's Chief of Police, William Vakulick.
The traffic mess has affected a huge area this week, and the high humidity and temperatures have not helped. Keeping the traffic flowing will certainly contribute to a lessening of incidents of road rage on the other side of the bridge.
Tarentum's police function outside Tarentum for a number of reasons. Frazer Township has contracted with Tarentum to provide police coverage for the Pittsburgh Mills. At the last Borough Council meeting there was discussion of a magnetic marker for the Tarentum police vehicles to show when they are patrolling at the mall. It will name both Tarentum Borough and Frazer township.
Last month I broke out laughing when it was reported to me that someone (who maybe saw one of those automobile markers) was convinced that Allegheny County had merged Tarentum Borough and Frazer Township into a new "Tarentum Township." Further evidence of this imagined merger was allegedly to be found in the fact that the Pittsburgh Mills gets its mail through the Tarentum Post Office.
How strange, I thought, that the Tarentum Borough Council could keep plowing ahead with its own business oblivious to a county or state-imposed addition to its territory.
I only hope nobody starts any rumors that "Tarentum Township" has just annexed New Kensington.