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Indiana Twp. residents forced to deal with road construction

| Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Indiana Township residents are learning a sometimes frustrating lesson about tolerating short-term inconveniences for long-term improvement.

A week after officials announced the township's third concurrent road project, yet another one was expected to begin this week, weather permitting.

A portion of Saxonburg Boulevard is closed to traffic through August.

Work will be in the area south of Fossil Ridge Road between Eichenlaub Landscaping and Independence Excavating.

Mekis Construction was contracted by PennDOT to replace a bridge over Little Deer Creek in conjunction with the $200 million PA Turnpike widening project.

“It's definitely an inconvenience for residents,” Township Manager Dan Anderson said.

This fourth project coincides with a partial closing of Route 910, weekend closures of Blue Run Road at Route 910 and alternating shut-downs on Rich Hill Road.

“That area has already had significant increases in traffic because of the 910 work,” Anderson said. “This is going to impact it with a lot more.”

Anderson said rush hour, in particular, has been difficult. Pulling out of the township building complex onto Saxonburg Boulevard has been difficult at times, he said.

Roads that typically are used by local traffic only are also seeing a lot more vehicles because of the posted detours, Anderson said.

The suggested detour to get around the most recent road work is, if traveling north, to make a right onto Oak Road and merge onto Bairdford Road, which ends at Saxonburg Boulevard.

If traveling south, make a right onto Bairdford Road and merge onto Oak Road, which ends at Route 910. Make a left and then another left onto Saxonburg Boulevard.

“It's a couple miles of a detour,” Anderson said.

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.

Anderson said there isn't much to do but learn to deal with the delays.

“We're not doing the schedule for the widening of the turnpike,” Anderson said.

“But we're doing our best to help with the best detours.”

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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