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Crews wrapping up work on renovated W. Mifflin road

| Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 4:07 a.m.
Vehicles are now able to turn left onto Century III Mall access roads from Route 885 in West Mifflin. The revised traffic pattern is the result of longterm signal work and construction. Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
A left-turning lane replaces the former traffic pattern that required drivers to use a turnabout to access Century III Mall and plazas along Mountainview Drive from Route 885 in West Mifflin. Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News

Crews are completing work for the season on the newly renovated state Route 885 in West Mifflin.

“The project is finishing up for winter,” PennDOT press officer James Struzzi said. “Crews are completing curb work and signals. Work will resume in the spring to seed the excavated areas. Other than that, the project will be finished.”

Among the many improvements performed during the construction is a lane now allowing turns into areas such as Century III Mall, the Century Square shopping center and the Clovercrest housing plan.

“PennDOT implemented the turn lanes to improve traffic flow and safety along this portion of Route 885,” Struzzi said.

West Mifflin Mayor Chris Kelly said he's had both compliments and complaints on the new turning lanes.

“They evened out,” he said. “When you're used to driving a road for years and years and there's a change, your habits have to change.”

The $1.9 million project on 1.24 miles of Route 885, or Clairton Road, began in May and the majority of roadwork ended in November. It included milling and overlay of existing pavement, guiderail updates, drainage upgrades with pipe replacement, signing and pavement markings, and signal changes.

During the project, plans to rebuild the drainage system had to be revised. PennDOT assistant construction engineer Heath Butler said the original plan was to connect drainage lines under the road to the existing lines under the state roadway. Because the lines weren't in suitable condition, another strategy was developed to connect the new lines with the existing county infrastructure under New England Road. This upgrade is meant to allow less water on Route 885 during heavy rains.

The main contractor on work was A. Folino Construction of Oakmont.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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