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Sealing work causes a 'dust up' on Lysle

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Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 5:41 a.m.
 

Lysle Boulevard was a dusty place on Monday.

Crack sealing operations along the newly paved roadway sent voluminous clouds of dust skyward as crew cut and sealed seams in the road surface.

“I was going to get my car detailed yesterday. Now I'm glad I didn't,” said Collin Stafiej, who works as a sales associate at the Sherwin-Williams paint store along the boulevard. His was one of many vehicles parked along or near the work area that was left coated by a film of dust from the pavement cutting operations.

Stafiej said he was glad to see the work getting done but thought the dust could have been contained better.

PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi said Monday afternoon the department responded to a complaint about the dust by asking the contractor to switch from a dry to a wet sawing technique.

Struzzi said stormy weather last week pushed the project completion date into late November or early December, though drivers should start seeing relief later this week as most of the remaining work will not require major traffic interruptions.

The remaining work includes pavement marking installation, ADA curb cut ramp installation, signal work and general cleanup.

PennDOT's $5 million project to resurface Lysle Boulevard from the Jerome Bridge to Hartman Street began in late September. The work resulted in many traffic delays as crews milled and repaved the busy roadway.

Those traffic problems have been compounded by a simultaneous $2.1 million project to repave Walnut Street that ended last week.

PennDOT said the Walnut Street project was added to the schedule later after last year's mild winter freed up funding and the two jobs ended up happening at the same time.

McKeesport police Lt. Joe Lopretto, said that from a police staffing standpoint, “It definitely helps out” having the projects come to an end. Lopretto noted that last week the department was stretched thin because of the road projects and security details related the shooting of the Hollywood film “Foxcatcher.”

He said those staffing issues have eased with the film work and Walnut Street project coming to an end.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media

. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


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