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State to provide materials for Duquesne sinkhole repair

Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
A sinkhole near the intersection of Mehaffey and Hinnerman streets in Duquesne is expected to be filled and reopened soon with an arrangement between the city and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014, 3:16 a.m.

Duquesne public works crews are scheduled to fill a sinkhole with state-provided stone before the holiday weekend.

A state Department of Environmental Protection inspector for the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation examined the intersection of Mehaffey and Hinnerman streets on Tuesday. More than 60 tons of crushed stone are expected for delivery on Thursday morning, a DEP spokesman said.

City manager Frank Piccolino confirmed on Wednesday that the city and state are sharing responsibility in resolving the problem to make the road passable. The state will provide all materials and the city will provide labor.

Crews will fill the mine pocket with stone, bringing it up to street level and reopening the roadway. After the stone settles, crews will repave the affected area.

The DEP said it will replace all city materials used to fill and cover the sinkhole, calling the plan the “quickest and most efficient way to make the repairs.”

Mayor Phil Krivacek said Duquesne, like many communities in the tri-state area, is familiar with the problem of mine subsidence.

“That's not the first time that there was a mine subsidence problem in that area,” Krivacek said. “The last one was over 30 years ago, but it was in that general area.”

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or



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