Fender benders prompt council to reroute Center Avenue detour

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A detour route in Pitcairn will change next week as a result of hit and run reports on Sixth Street.

The current detour prohibits drivers from traveling down Center Avenue, which in turn has increased traffic on Sixth Street, where cars are parked on both sides of the road, Pitcairn Police Chief Scott Farally said at a June 2 council meeting.

Police responded to five reports of fender benders over the last two months, Farally said.

“It's because that road narrows,” he said.

The new detour will allow motorists in upper Pitcairn to travel down Center Avenue, but prohibit motorists in lower Pitcairn from traveling up the hill, officials said.

Traffic in lower Pitcairn will be directed to Brinton Avenue, which also connects upper and lower Pitcairn.

Council voted unanimously to change the detour route, which will take effect June 12.

Pitcairn resident Lynn Campbell said the new detour will help, but officials also should consider traffic calming techniques on Sixth Street, such as a speed bump or an electronic sign that shows a driver's speed.

“The traffic just goes way too fast,” Campbell said. “With all the cars parked on the street, it's a horrible situation.”

It's uncertain if crews would begin work this summer on Center Avenue, where the hillside has shifted downward, Pitcairn Engineer Don Black said.

The results of a geotechnical study that will determine necessary repairs and a cost estimate should be available for council review by next week, he said.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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