Sewer line work should not impact O'Hara traffic
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.