Convoys to disrupt local routines
By Mary Ann Thomas
Published: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Parking restrictions and detours will be in effect along Freeport Road late Monday night into Tuesday morning and then on Friday when a convoy of super-load, extra-wide trucks rolls through East Deer, Tarentum, Brackenridge and Harrison.
The trucks will be carrying equipment for the new $1.1 billion Allegheny Technologies Inc. hot-strip mill in Harrison.
“These types of manufacturing facilities are built in the Valley once every 40 or 50 years,” said Dan Greenfield, ATI spokesman. “You don't see this too often. It will be something.”
The super load trucks will be moving mill stands that were made outside of the country and shipped by barge up the Mississippi, Ohio and Allegheny Rivers, according to Greenfield.
“Machinery for the new mill is being built in many parts of the world,” Greenfield said. “The majority of them will be shipped by barge up the rivers and trucked to the final destination.”
The super-load convoy will inch its way through four Alle-Kiski towns with an eight-car, eight-man police escort.
According to local police chiefs, the deliveries, with their required road closures and parking restrictions, are scheduled at night to minimize disruptions for residents.
“We're asking residents to be patient as these trucks are only moving 3 mph,” said East Deer Police Chief John Manchini.
The same closures and detours will occur on Friday from midnight to 7 a.m.
Additional early-morning closures are planned through February.
Restrictions for the second super-load trip on Friday could change if there are any issues with Tuesday's run, Tarentum Police Chief William Vakulick said.
Northbound Freeport Road traffic will be detoured using Riddle Run Road to Butler Logan Road to Route 28 to Route 366. Southbound traffic will follow the same detour in the opposite direction.
Residents parking along the heavy-load truck route must find alternative parking Monday night into Tuesday morning and Friday as restrictions start at midnight and stay in effect until 7 a.m.
There will be additional restrictions and temporary road closures as the trucks return from the mill to East Deer.
• The shipment of equipment will be loaded from an Allegheny River barge at Thrower concrete and travel up Third Street to Freeport Road.
• Freeport Road will close at 11 p.m. on Monday and reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday from 9th Street/C.L. Schmitt Bridge (Route 1038) in East Deer Township to West Sixth Street in Tarentum.
• When the empty super-load trucks return to East Deer, there will be no parking from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along southbound Freeport Road in East Deer.
• Freeport Road and other streets will close in Tarentum at midnight Tuesday until 7 a.m. Parking is prohibited along the route of the super-load including West Sixth Avenue from Grantham to Center streets; Ross Street From Fourth and First avenues and First Avenue from Ross and Bridge streets.
• Police will post areas with parking restrictions.
• During the return trip of the empty superload trucks, there will be moving road closures from mid-morning to early afternoon.
• According to Police Chief Jamie Bock, there will be no parking permitted on First Avenue from Cherry Street to Mile Lock Lane beginning at midnight Tuesday to 7 a.m.
Natrona section of Harrison
• Police Chief Mike Klein said the super load will travel along River Avenue to one of ATI's gates, where there is no parking to worry about. But that section of River Avenue will be closed to all traffic early Tuesday until about 7 p.m.
Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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