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Saxonburg Boulevard work to impact 10,000 drivers daily

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Township engineer Charles Steinert shows drawings that will be on display at the O'Hara Municipal Building with plans for the Saxonburg Bridge.

Plans for a long-term closure along Saxonburg Boulevard will be on display at the O'Hara municipal building for 30 days.

Work includes Penn-DOT‘s reconstruction of a bridge over a Little Pine Creek tributary. It is expected to start next year and will impact a significant number of motorists, said Township engineer Charles Steinert Jr.

Nearly 10,000 vehicles use the road daily, said Steve Cowan, PennDOT spokesman.

PennDOT will have blueprints available for residents to review from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 22.

The display will include plans for the project along the 1000 block of Saxonburg Boulevard, a detour map and contact information.

“The purpose of this is to inform the public about the project, to receive feedback and to answer any questions,” Cowan said.

There is no cost estimate yet, he said.

Cowan said an existing box culvert under the road will be replaced by a precast concrete culvert, and the road will be widened.

“It will extend the life of the roadway,” he said of the new culvert. The suggested detour will take motorists to Harts Run Road and to Route 8.

Steinert said the bridge is in need of repair.

“It's in bad shape,” he said, adding that there will be no cost to the township.

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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