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Cove Run Road closed for winter

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Cove Run Road closing in Indiana Township.

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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 8:55 p.m.
 

Cove Run Road is closed for the winter, perhaps for the last time.

The stretch in Indiana Township typically closes from November through spring to protect motorists from its steep grade that is difficult to maintain in snow and ice, township manager Dan Anderson said.

However, the road is slated for $1.4 million in reconstruction next summer to correct the safety hazards.

“Hopefully, Cove Run will be able to remain open in future winters,” Anderson said.

The portion of the road from Emmerling Park to McClellan Road is shut down to traffic. Motorists still will be able to access the park.

The focus of township supervisors for about five years, Cove Run Road is finally set for improvements next summer. Work was delayed through the years by permits, right-of-way debates and other design issues.

Anderson said he met as recently as last week with a property owner to finalize negotiations on the proposed realignment of the road.

Anderson said designs have shifted from the original plans to require more fill to be moved. Construction is expected to reduce the slope of the road by more than half, he said. The road, at its steepest point, is a 26 percent grade.

“We plan to finalize bid packages later this year,” Anderson said.

Much of the prep work can be done while Cove Run is closed for winter, he said.

The road is expected to reopen in spring and then close again for reconstruction.

The work became a target of supervisors when it was decided that nearby McClellan Road would be abandoned due to the Pennsylvania Turnpike expansion project, which is also expected to impact township roads next year.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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