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Fox Chapel Road repairs to impact drivers for 4 months

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Bridge work is occuring along Fox Chapel Road at Salamander Park.

A portion of Fox Chapel Road will be closed for four months this summer to vehicles other than local traffic, which is expected to impact routes near the heavily traveled road.

Fox Chapel Road will be shut down from Squaw Run Road to Field Club Road.

Detour signs will be posted.

The Allegheny County Department of Public Works is to replace the Squaw Run Bridge No. 2, which is near Salamander Park in Fox Chapel.

The county will pay for the project, which is expected to cost up to $1.2 million.

Lee Ednie, assistant manager of bridge engineering for the county's department of public works, said the span has not been rehabilitated since 1959.

At 43 feet long, the bridge that carries Fox Chapel Road over the creek will be replaced with a span that uses precast concrete beams. Ednie said the county wants to start the work in early July.

Borough Manager Gary Koehler said Fox Chapel Road is a connector road that serves adjacent communities, including O'Hara and Indiana townships.

Motorists travel Fox Chapel Road to link with Squaw Run, Powers Run, Guys Run, Dorseyville and other major roads. Fox Chapel Road also provides access to several residential streets.

A separate portion of Fox Chapel Road will be closed in June, for a limited time, because the Fox Chapel Golf Club will host the 2014 PGA Senior Champions Tournament.

The competition runs from June 24 to 29, with practice rounds on June 23.

Fox Chapel Road will be closed from Squaw Run Road East to Indian Hill Road.

Hours of the detour have not been determined.

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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