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Utilities moving service lines in White Oak to prep for Lincoln Way work

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 4:31 a.m.
Patrick Cloonan | Daily News
These poles in a parking lot along Lincoln Way on Tuesday are typical of what's been needed to ready that street for an upcoming widening through the heart of White Oak's business district.
Patrick Cloonan | Daily News
Duquesne Light and other utilities are moving their services out of the way of the scheduled widening of Lincoln Way through the heart of White Oak's business district. On Tuesday, two linemen worked on a pole outside of Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church.
Patrick Cloonan | Daily News
Two Duquesne Light utility workers transfer lines from one pole to another along Lincoln Way in White Oak on Tuesday as the Pittsburgh electric company and other utilities move their facilities out of the way of the scheduled widening of Lincoln Way through the heart of White Oak's business district.

Duquesne Light crews are moving electrical wires to new poles, another sign that White Oak's Lincoln Way will be widened.

“We are going to be working on this through the winter,” Duquesne Light spokesman Brian Knavish said on Tuesday. “We expect to be done with our part of it in February.”

It is one of several utilities that are moving equipment out of the way in preparation for a project that is set for next spring.

“They're moving them off of the roadway,” police Chief Lou Bender said on Tuesday. “They're just moving the poles toward the businesses and the homes.”

Knavish said the utility does not anticipate any major disruption of service, though transformers occasionally may be shut down.

“It will be for individual homes, or for a handful at a time,” Knavish said. “The customers would be notified.”

Knavish said Verizon and Comcast will move their services away from areas where widening will take place beginning in March.

Other work is happening closer to the ground.

At last month's council meeting, public works chairman Charles Davis said Equitable Gas will begin relocating its utility lines under Lincoln Way this month.

“We have not started actual line work,” Equitable spokesman Scott Waitlevertch said. “Depending on other work that needs to be done, our line may not be moved until next year.”

Davis said the gas company anticipates that the work will take four months to complete.

“We are working with PennDOT and other utilities there to coordinate everything,” Waitlevertch said. “We will make sure that everything remains in service and there will be no adverse reaction to customers.”

When the utilities finish their work, Plum Contracting Inc. of Salem Township will begin a $7 million roadway reconstruction, signal improvements, drainage and sidewalk work between Route 48 and State Street.

PennDOT and borough officials said the work is expected to be completed by the spring of 2015.

White Oak Local Development Corp. executive director Wayne C. Washowich said a turning lane will be available for much of the distance up the hill from the intersection with Route 48.

The plan involves a 3-foot grassy buffer zone and 8-inch curbs.

The road is used daily by about 22,000 vehicles. A public meeting is expected for discussion of the plans for the widening, but no date has been announced.

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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