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Road crews keep busy with South Hills work

Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News - A crew from Carmen Paliotta Contracting Inc. of South Park pours concrete into an abutment that is part of a new bridge carrying Curry Hollow Road over railroad tracks between the Pleasant Hills business district and Jefferson Memorial Cemetery.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News</em></div>A crew from Carmen Paliotta Contracting Inc. of South Park pours concrete into an abutment that is part of a new bridge carrying Curry Hollow Road over railroad tracks between the Pleasant Hills business district and Jefferson Memorial Cemetery.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News - A crew from Frank J. Zottola Construction Inc. in Valencia prepares a road base near the bridge site. Zottola also is primary contractor for major improvements being made to a nearby intersection covering Brownsville, Broughton and Curry Hollow roads, affecting parts of Pleasant Hills, Baldwin and South Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News</em></div>A crew from Frank J. Zottola Construction Inc. in Valencia prepares a road base near the bridge site. Zottola also is primary contractor for major improvements being made to a nearby intersection covering Brownsville, Broughton and Curry Hollow roads, affecting parts of Pleasant Hills, Baldwin and South Park.

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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 pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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