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Another detour facing drivers traveling through Indiana Twp.

| Monday, July 1, 2013, 5:45 p.m.

With three major road projects under way, maneuvering around Indiana Township has been tricky the last few months.

It's about to get a little more difficult.

More road work — albeit weekends only — is set to kick off July 12. Blue Run Road at Route 910 will be closed to traffic weekends through Oct. 4.

Township Manager Dan Anderson said the road will be off-limits beginning at noon Fridays until 5 p.m. Sundays.

“That may minimize the inconvenience for businesses but it is a tremendous bother to the residents,” he said.

Local traffic will be routed to Indianola Road, which Anderson said, already is being used as a posted detour for the Route 910 closure which began in the winter.

“It already has increased traffic volume and now there's going to be added cars pulling onto that road,” Anderson said. “It's a busy location now.”

Anderson said tractor trailers are prohibited along Blue Run Road beyond Angel's Distributing.

The township has been hit hard with traffic tangles this year, with a portion of Route 910 — the most-heavily traveled road in the municipality — closed through October. Crews are replacing a bridge near the lower end of Blue Run in conjunction with the PA Turnpike widening below.

Another major project has caused tie-ups near Rich Hill Road, which is under construction for the next year. That project is also connected with the turnpike work. Vehicles are limited to alternating single-lane traffic through May 2014.

Anderson said residents can expect to navigate detours for at least the next few years while the $200 million Pennsylvania Turnpike project plays out.

Scheduled over six years, the turnpike will be widened between the Butler Valley and the Allegheny Valley interchanges and a total of six bridges that carry traffic through the township will be replaced.

Detours will be available on the township website, www.indianatownship.com.

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

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