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Cove Run Road reconstruction in Indiana Township to reduce steep grade

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Jan Pakler | Trib Total Media
Road work has started on Cove Run Road in Indiana Township.

A portion of Cove Run Road in Indiana Township will be closed through the end of the year for reconstruction, and township officials hope this will be the last time the road is shut down.

Cove Run sits off of Route 910 and most commonly is used as an entrance to Emmerling Park. It has been closed every winter because of its steep grade between Mill Dam and McClellan roads.

The project will include a reconstruction of the stretch to reduce the slope by more than half, township manager Dan Anderson said.

The work is expected to top $1.3 million and last more than 18 weeks.

At its steepest point, the slope of the road is a 26-percent grade, Anderson said. It is a hazard for motorists in the winter and a maintenance nightmare for the township road crew, he said.

Cove Run has been the target for improvements since about 2007, but work has been stalled by permits and design obstacles.

“There were some difficulties in the process,” he said. “We've spent about $200,000 in engineering fees.”

Permits were required from the Army Corps of Engineers because the project affects a Deer Creek tributary. It also took time to secure rights of way from property owners along that stretch, Anderson said.

During the work, motorists will be able to access Emmerling Park.

Winter closures of Cove Run would have sufficed, but the $220 million widening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike eliminated McClellan Road as an access to Route 910.

“There would have been no access during the winter if we didn't do the realignment,” Anderson said.

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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