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Collapsed pipe closes part of Kittanning Pike

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Work continues in O'Hara along Kittanning Pike as a pipe is being replaced.

A collapsed drainage pipe beneath Kittanning Pike in O'Hara has forced a portion of the road to close for at least three weeks.

Traffic between Oakhurst and Hunt roads will be limited to a single lane, PennDOT Spokesman Steve Cowan said.

“The pipe is located along the shoulder of the road,” Cowan said. “It is old and rusted.”

Work is expected to cost about $55,000.

Depending on existing conditions, the cost could increase if damage is more extensive, Cowan said.

Crews were alerted to the problem by a small sinkhole near the edge of the road.

Cowan was not certain when the collapse occurred.

Township Engineer Chuck Steinert said PennDOT had covered part of the road with a steel plate for reinforcement prior to the work this week.

Allison Park Contractors was awarded the job, which will include a flag crew to ease any traffic tangles. Single-lane alternating traffic will occur primarily during the work day, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cowan said motorists should expect to be stopped temporarily for opposing traffic.

“It's a significant collapse,” said Cowan, noting the scope of the work is about 340 feet.

Work is necessary to thwart off additional damage, which could occur if the road isn't draining properly, Cowan said.

In other township news, Steinert said the township's summer road paving project is about to begin.

By the first week in August, Youngblood Paving is expected to begin resurfacing Alpha Drive, Boyd, Central and Lawrence avenues, Rodgers Drive West and Walnut Street.

Work will cost $583,000.

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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