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Despite delays, Logans Ferry Road in Plum is finally open

Matthew Medsger
| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 2:06 p.m.
PennDOT estimates 12,000 vehicles travel Logans Ferry Road in Plum each day. (Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners)
Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners
PennDOT estimates 12,000 vehicles travel Logans Ferry Road in Plum each day. (Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners)

Dale Fleming said that as of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, for the first time since the start of October, cars traveling Logans Ferry Road in Plum to get to his business can finally avoid the miles-long detour around road construction.

That's because, after several delays, the busy road was once again open for vehicle traffic, Fleming said.

“Finally,” said Fleming, owner of Fleming Service and Parts.

“The road actually just opened a few minutes ago, and we are done with that job,” Jeff Rossi, a spokesman with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, the company managing the project, confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Fleming said the road closure has seriously hurt his business, with cars having been forced to take a half-hour detour to reach either side of the construction project.

The work replaced a bridge that spans an Allegheny Valley Railroad line in Plum as part of the PennDOT's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacing the bridge removes it from Allegheny County's list of structurally deficient bridges.

Work has also included drainage improvements.

“The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan,” Rossi said in a release.

The road reopening was twice scheduled and delayed.

Under the contract, the work was supposed to be done by Dec. 15.

Logans Ferry has been closed near Entrance Drive since Oct. 2. Motorists have endured an 8-mile detour.

An estimated 12,000 vehicles travel the road daily, according to PennDOT.

The road is a key link between New Kensington and Oakmont.

Staff writer Brian Rittmeyer contributed. Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, mmedsger@tribweb.com or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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