PennDOT closes White Oak roads to facilitate cleanup of landslides
By Patrick Cloonan
Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 3:56 a.m.
Two White Oak roadways hampered by recent storms have been closed because of landslides.
On Monday morning, PennDOT closed a stretch of McClintock Road until Aug. 9.
District 11 spokesman Steve Cowan said the posted detour involves Route 48, Lincoln Way and Muse Lane.
On the other side of Lincoln Way, Center Street Extension is closed until further notice because of a landslide.
“Some of the roadway is falling off down the hillside,” White Oak Police Chief Lou Bender said. “Traffic is going to be detoured through Riverview Drive until the roadway is fixed.”
The McClintock Road closing restricts some access to Allegheny County's White Oak Regional Park, but does not affect park activities.
“The roadblock will not restrict the use of the park,” county spokeswoman Amie Downs said. “You can enter the park on Carpenter Lane or Lincoln Way to McClintock.”
The first of two severe afternoon and evening storms to roll through the Mon-Yough area on July 23 toppled a tree near the juncture of McClintock and Route 48, downing power lines and splintering two utility poles.
The power failure affected up to 480 Duquesne Light customers for several hours and turned a traffic signal between Oak Park Mall and Rainbow Village Shopping Center into a four-way stop.
The outage closed Route 48 from McKee Road to Route 30 in North Versailles Township.
McKee Road has not been closed but also has had its share of problems, particularly in the vicinity of the White Oak Athletic Association.
“We do get runoff and some debris will come off the hillside,” Bender said.
On the other side of Route 30, another landslide forced crews to close Monroeville's Thompson Run Road between Lower Rodi Road and Northern Pike until the end of the year.
Cowan said PennDOT will post a detour that includes Business Route 22 for an estimated 6,200 drivers who use that stretch of road daily.
Previously, county officials closed Monroeville's Pitcairn Road until further notice. It was affected by the July 23 storms and was closed between Stroschein Road and Sugar Camp Park.
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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