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Road work enters final stages in Fox Chapel

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Road work continues along upper Field Club Road in Fox Chapel.

Work along Highland and Field Club roads in Fox Chapel has taken longer than expected, but motorists can expect it to wind up in a few weeks.

“It's just taken a long time,” Manager Gary Koehler said. “It wasn't just a quick pave. We wanted to take the time to do it right.”

Crews hit obstacles that involved relocating cable and utility wires beneath the road.

New drains also were installed, along with new pipe and catch basins, Koehler said.

“It was a complete road rebuilding,” he said.

Work is part of the borough's $800,000 summer road improvement program.

Field Club was targeted because it is one of the most heavily traveled roads in the borough.

Koehler said it and Highland were priorities this year because both were in “bad shape.”

Field Club Road, in particular, had stretches with cracked or rotted storm water pipes and basins. Replacing them with plastic equipment, which is less likely to crack, will be better in the long run, Koehler said.

Crews also installed drains at the edge of the road to divert water from streaming underneath and creating potholes.

“That was a big problem before,” Koehler said.

With Field Club and Highland roads used to access housing developments in Harmar, work also was slowed by the sheer amount of traffic, Koehler said.

A flag crew is on hand to help alleviate backups.

Koehler said the roads will be milled this week and surface repairs made. He expects paving to begin next week.

“This is a major project,” he said. “We are doing all the things we need to do to make these roads last.”

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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