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White Oak road project won't impact parade

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 4:21 a.m.

The Lincoln Way widening project, which began two months ago, is proceeding very well, White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton said on Monday.

“I am very pleased,” Marton said. “They are on time, they're working diligently.”

“They” are the crews from Plum Contracting Inc. of Salem Township, Westmoreland County, the general contractor for the $7 million project scheduled to take until May 2015 to complete.

The mayor said the project will not affect plans for the borough's annual Memorial Day parade three weeks from now.

“We already contacted PennDOT,” Marton said. “They're fine with that.”

The mayor said participants will assemble on May 26 along Ohio Avenue and Willard Street near the Lincoln School Apartments.

“It is the same as ever,” the mayor said.

At 12:30 p.m. the parade will proceed down Willard to Lincoln Way, where units will make a right turn and continue to Capitol Street and the Gen. Smedley D. Butler American Legion Post 701.

“PennDOT will make sure that we are able to walk down and ride down Lincoln Way to the American Legion,” Marton said. “We have a ceremony down there on the deck.”

Speakers and a light lunch are planned at the legion hall.

The Lincoln Way project involves widening of the road to add turning lanes, as well as intersection realignment at Guice Street and Henderson Road, milling and resurfacing, drainage and signal upgrades.

“We are basically going to build the project in thirds,” PennDOT District 11 executive Dan Cessna said in August. “We're going to work on one side of the road, the other side of the road and then the middle, so that we can maintain a lane in each direction at all times.”

Approximately 1.69 miles of what PennDOT calls Route 2031 is affected in the White Oak business district. On average, approximately 23,580 vehicles use Lincoln Way each day.

Continuing alongside the roadwork is the movement of utility connections, which began for some a year before Plum crews moved in.

Verizon crews could be seen on Monday moving wires from old poles to new ones that give space for the turning lane.

The Lincoln Way widening is one of a long list of projects scheduled by PennDOT this year, covering 138 miles of highways across Allegheny County.

On the other side of the legion hall, work is slated later this year on Pennsylvania Avenue from State Street to E. Fifth Avenue where White Oak, McKeesport and North Versailles Township meet.

PennDOT District 11 spokesman Steve Cowan said the Pennsylvania Avenue work is part of a $5,058,822.30 group contract awarded to Lane Construction Corp. of Kennedy Township. Milling, resurfacing and drainage improvements are planned but a starting date has not been set.

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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