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South Hills road repairs ongoing amid extreme weather

Patrick Cloonan | Daily News
Earlier this year, Gulisek Construction crews worked on ramps leading to the Elizabeth Bridge from West Elizabeth and Clairton. A PennDOT spokesman said most work now has been done on the $4.4 million project involving the interchange of routes 51 and 837.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013, 5:21 a.m.

The finishing date for improvements to ramps that connect Route 837 to the Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge has been extended through mid-August.

Crews from Gulisek Construction LLC of Mt. Pleasant had expected to finish the $4.4 million project by the middle of this month.

Crews were back to work on Wednesday on the links from the bridge to West Elizabeth and Jefferson Hills.

PennDOT District 11 spokesman Steve Cowan said long-term closures are slated for the next month on the northbound Route 51 off-ramp to southbound Route 837 and the southbound Route 837 on-ramp to northbound Route 51.

Gulisek is patching and overlaying existing concrete pavement, reconstructing concrete, and updating the guiderail, minor drainage, signs and pavement markings.

Cowan said the work extends beyond the ramps to Burnett Street in West Elizabeth and Mendelssohn Street in Clairton.

It is one of several projects in the South Hills region that are ongoing amid the summer rains.

Crews from Carmen Paliotta Contracting Inc. of South Park Township are into the second year of work on a Curry Hollow Road bridge.

A $5.6 million project in Pleasant Hills is 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.

Cowan said the work limits traffic to one lane on state Route 2040, between the Route 51 Cloverleaf and Keeport Drive.

Restrictions are in place south of the Cloverleaf through mid-November.

A few miles away in the other direction from the Elizabeth Bridge is another state highway closed temporarily because of extremely hot weather.

PennDOT District 12 spokeswoman Valerie Petersen said a section of Webster Hollow Road was closed between Fellsburg Road and Route 51 in Rostraver Township. She said traffic was detoured because of shifting and cracking that may be because of the heat.

Petersen said crews will repair the base. She said officials hope to have it opened by the end of the day on Monday.

A detour was posted using Fellsburg Road, Fells Church Road and Route 51.

Staff Writer Tim Karan contributed to this story. Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or

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