Road crews keep busy with South Hills work
By Patrick Cloonan
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 4:41 a.m.
Road crews are keeping busy in the South Hills with three projects starting Monday and a fourth ongoing in Pleasant Hills.
Crews from Carmen Paliotta Contracting Inc. of South Park Township are into a second year of work on a Curry Hollow Road bridge.
PennDOT District 11 spokesman Steve Cowan said the $5.6 million project is focused on replacing an existing three-span encased I-beam bridge over railroad tracks west of Arbor Lane with a single-span adjacent box beam structure.
The bridge carries Curry Hollow between a Sheetz convenience store and Jefferson Memorial Cemetery, alongside a multi-use development that includes businesses and Magisterial District Judge Pat A. Capolupo's courthouse.
The work limits traffic to one lane on that roadway, also known as state Route 2040, between the Route 51 Cloverleaf and Keeport Drive.
Restrictions are in place through mid-November.
Cowan said the work also includes widening the existing roadway to add a turning lane, traffic signals, resurfacing and other improvements on Curry Hollow between Route 51 and Brownsville Road.
Other projects are under way this week, weather permitting, affecting Route 51 and Brownsville Road in several South Hills communities:
• A $4.4 million improvement means restrictions through mid-July on state Route 837 from St. Clair Street in Clairton to Burnett Street in West Elizabeth. Gulisek Construction LLC of Mt. Pleasant is prime contractor for that PennDOT job which also includes longterm closures on the northbound Route 837 on-ramp to southbound Route 51 and the southbound Route 51 off-ramp to northbound Route 837 at the Elizabeth Bridge.
• New restrictions have gone up as part of an $8.6 million Allegheny County Public Works project covering Brownsville, Broughton and Curry Hollow roads in Pleasant Hills, Baldwin and South Park. Frank J. Zottola Construction Inc. of Valencia is prime contractor for work restricting traffic on Brownsville to one alternating lane between Willard Drive and Curry Hollow Road weekdays between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Overall work there is slated to conclude this fall.
• Traffic signal safety improvements have begun on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills, Jefferson Hills and Elizabeth Township. Bronder Technical Services will attach retroreflective tape to existing signal backplates, in work slated from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 24 at Route 51 junctures with Weigles Hill Road in Elizabeth Township, Lewis Run Road in Pleasant Hills and Peters Creek, Old Clairton and Coal Valley roads and Jefferson Boulevard in Jefferson Hills.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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