Road work means more delays in Indiana Twp.
By Tawnya Panizzi
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
For the third time in as many months, there is another detour announced that will affect motorists in Indiana Township.
On the heels of a portion of Route 910 shutting down and traffic limited along a section of Saxonburg Boulevard, Rich Hill Road is scheduled for a year-long construction project.
Work began this week to replace a bridge that crosses over the Pennsylvania Turnpike at milepost 46.3. The construction will limit vehicles crossing the bridge to alternating single-lane traffic through May 2014.
The bridge sits in Harmar Township but the road extends into Indiana Township and is used as a link between the two communities.
Construction is part of the $200 million Pennsylvania Turnpike project that is expected to last six years.
The turnpike will be widened between the Butler Valley and the Allegheny Valley interchanges.
A total of six bridges that carry traffic through the township will be replaced.
The bridge along Rich Hill Road will be removed and replaced in two stages so that local traffic can be maintained throughout the project without closing down the busy road.
Last week, prep work began along Saxonburg Boulevard for a future bridge replacement there. For now, motorists are limited to a single lane of traffic in the area where Saxonburg Boulevard crosses Deer Creek, just north of the turnpike.
Township manager Dan Anderson said residents are feeling a pinch from the onslaught of road work already this spring.
“It's definitely an inconvenience for them,” he said. “It's another detour piled on.”
In February, a portion of Route 910 was closed for eight months while crews replace a bridge near Blue Run. Detours are posted to loop motorists around that section, a heavily traveled portion that links to Saxonburg Boulevard.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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