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Saxonburg Boulevard work will add to motorists' woes

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Maneuvering through Indiana Township already is tricky, and it's about to get a little tougher.

Beginning this week, traffic along a portion of Saxonburg Boulevard will be limited to a single lane for about four weeks.

That's in addition to a major eight-month detour along Route 910 for bridge replacement work near Blue Run.

“It's definitely an inconvenience for our residents,” township manager Dan Anderson said.

“It's another detour piled on.”

Anderson said the work is necessary in advance of a second bridge replacement this spring near Deer Creek.

The prep work this month enables crews from Wilson Excavating & Grading Inc. in New Wilmington to relocate a gas line there.

For now, motorists can expect delays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, as traffic is limited to alternating single lanes.

When bridge work begins, detours will route traffic around the construction site.

The project will replace the bridge that carries Saxonburg Boulevard over Deer Creek, just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. All of the road work is part of the state's $200 million turnpike-widening project that is expected to last six years. In all, six bridges that carry traffic through the township will be replaced.

“This one coming up is not in as bad of shape as some of the others,” Anderson said. “But I believe they have to coordinate the work to best suit the construction schedule.”

PennDOT officials have said the work will be staggered to have the least impact on traffic.

Anderson said he anticipates a third bridge project to be scheduled soon. The Iron Bridge, at the southern border of the township, is in desperate need of repair, he said.

“A lot of township residents use it to link Harts Run Road to Route 8,” he said. “We will be looking for that one to be replaced.”

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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