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Repairs to start Monday on Plum road closed after 2015 rock slide

Michael DiVittorio
| Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
Work has started on repairs to Milltown Road, which has been closed since 2015 after a rock slide. The project is expected to be done by April.
Lillian Dedomenic | For the Tribune-Review
Work has started on repairs to Milltown Road, which has been closed since 2015 after a rock slide. The project is expected to be done by April.
Work has started on repairs to Milltown Road, which has been closed since 2015 after a rock slide. The project is expected to be done by April.
Lillian DeDomenic | For the Tribune-Review
Work has started on repairs to Milltown Road, which has been closed since 2015 after a rock slide. The project is expected to be done by April.

Work has started on a road in Plum that has been closed for more than two years because of rock slides.

Milltown Road was shut down in June 2015. Engineers examined the roadway shortly after one slide that was about 300 feet long, and covered a full traffic lane about 3,000 feet east of Repp Road.

The posted detour uses Unity, Leechburg and Shearer roads. Repairs will include removing the rocks, stabilizing areas from where they fell, paving the damaged road, upgrading drainage and installing guard rails. Kukurin Contracting of Export was hired to do the work.

About 2,200 cars used Milltown Road daily before it was closed, according to PennDOT records.

Repair work that started Dec. 4 is expected to be completed by April 26. Cost of the project is approximately $1.16 million, according to PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan.

The project was to begin in June, but was delayed until the state hammered out an agreement with a property owner whose land workers have to cross to do the repairs.

“The department has over 50 slides that need to be remediated,” Cowan said. “It's not as simple as just going out to do the work. There is a design process, right-of-way acquisition, and utility coordination.”

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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