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Sewer line work should not impact O'Hara traffic

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:18 p.m.

A project to reroute a sewer line that runs beneath the Alpha Drive Bridge over Route 28 in O'Hara is not expected to affect traffic along the expressway.

Work was expected to begin Monday with crews on site weekdays after rush hour, Township Engineer Chuck Steinert said.

“The work will happen after hours so it shouldn't interfere with traffic,” he said.

The cost of the project will be about $100,000, he said.

O'Hara Council approved the work in anticipation of a plan by PennDOT to replace the bridge in 2015. It connects the two sides of RIDC Park and straddles Route 28.

“We're going to take care of the line now so when they do the bridge, they have nothing to worry about,” Steinert said.

The project was expected to begin in April but plans were sent back to the drawing board because a buried vault rerouted the plan.

Work will connect the Alpha Drive line to one along Gamma Drive and include the installation of two new manholes.

“There was too sharp of a turn the way it stood, which increased backups,” Steinert said.

PennDOT's plan to replace the bridge was included in this year's $500 million regional work schedule.

The project will replace the structurally deficient bridge at a cost of $1.5 million. Steinert said the concrete is deteriorating and can no longer be patched with asphalt.

It is scheduled to be completed in two phases, the first of which will begin this summer and see improvements to the expressway beneath the bridge.

The bridge deck will be reconstructed in 2015. Even then, traffic is expected to still flow across the bridge. PennDOT spokesperson Steve Cowan said contractors will replace one half of the bridge at a time.

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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