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Repairs slated to South First Avenue in Elizabeth

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 3:16 a.m.

Repairs are scheduled to begin on Monday at 9 a.m. on parts of South First Avenue in downtown Elizabeth, needed because of leaks to a water main that are compromising the railroad track that runs along the street.

“CSX and Pennsylvania American Water will shut down a portion of First between Plum Street and Walnut Street,” borough council vice president Robin Miller said after a Wednesday meeting at the Jefferson Hills constituent office of state Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Elizabeth Township. “The railroad also is working from Plum Street to Elizabeth Beer Distribution.”

She said the water company will repair some of the lines that run parallel to the railroad tracks, and the railroad company then will fix the road.

Work is slated to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, weather permitting, but the stretch between Plum and Walnut is scheduled to be closed around the clock through week's end.

Miller said residents who normally park in that area will be able to use the Second Avenue parking lot for free.

“It is a fine example of different agencies coming together to address a problem that has been out there for quite a while,” Saccone said.

“We've been waiting a long time for this to happen,” Miller said.

Saccone said PennDOT was represented at the meeting along with other agencies. He said the work on South First Avenue should have minimal effect on traffic elsewhere in downtown Elizabeth.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.



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