Blawnox, Indiana Twp., O'Hara roadwork to commence
At least three local projects made it into PennDOT's $500 million regional road work schedule this summer.
They will affect traffic in Blawnox, Indiana Township and O'Hara beginning this spring and lasting through 2015 in some cases.
In Blawnox, a resurfacing project will see work on the length of Freeport Road from Old Freeport Road in O'Hara to the Harmar line.
Work will occur in 2014 but has not yet been scheduled, said PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan. It is part of a nearly $4 million resurfacing job.
“Other areas that will be resurfaced under this project include Freeport Road in Harrison Township, Tenth Avenue (from Lock Street) in Tarentum to Sycamore Lane in Brackenridge and Burchfield Road from Route 8 to the Stone Bridge in Shaler Township,” he said.
There also will be traffic design improvements near the Sunoco at the O'Hara border, said O'Hara Engineer Chuck Steinert.
“They're going to make a dedicated left turning lane and reduce the speed limit,” Steinert said. “This is all for safety.”
PennDOT last week announced its list of local road and bridge projects. Statewide, project costs top $2.1 billion.
In Indiana Township, bridge replacement is scheduled to begin next week along Saxonburg Boulevard. Contractors will replace the existing bridge that runs over Deer Creek, closing the road through late June.
In O'Hara, a project to replace the structurally deficient Alpha Drive Bridge over Route 28 will run through 2015.
Scheduled in two phases, the first leg of the work will begin this summer and bring improvements to Route 28 below the bridge.
Replacement of the bridge deck will begin next year, Steinert said.
“The concrete is bad,” he said. “They put asphalt on it to buy time but it needs to be replaced.”
The estimate for the work is $1.5 million.
Traffic will be maintained during the replacement, Cowan said. Contractors will replace one half of the bridge at a time, allowing one lane of traffic in each direction.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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