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Landslide limits Twin Oaks in Murrysville to one lane

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Murrysville officials closed a section of Twin Oaks Drive — in the area of Bridgewood and Acorn Lane near Sardis Road — Monday after discovering a 180-foot section sunk sometime between Sunday and Monday. “We noticed a couple cracks in the road a few weeks ago and then (Monday) morning discovered the road sunk about two feet,” said public works Director Bob Bell. Traffic was initially restricted to one lane, but officials later decided to close the highway until an engineer can examine it. Bell said the problem may be an inadequate foundation beneath the road pavement.

A landslide has closed part of a Murrysville road until further notice.

Twin Oaks Drive will be closed from Bridgewood Drive to Acorn Lane after a landslide left one lane of the road impassable on Monday, chief administrator Jim Morrison said.

Municipal officials will inspect the area this week, he said. The road connects with Sardis Road in two places and is one route used to access Townsend Park.

Twin Oaks isn't the only local road facing restrictions. Traffic along Meadowbrook Road is restricted to one lane between Haney Court and Clawson Court for three weeks because of repairs being made by the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. Work began on the lines Monday. The closure is expected to last until approximately May 6.

Two roads not to be paved

Ashbaugh and Wallace roads have been removed from the list of roads to be paved this spring after bids for the work came in higher than budgeted.

The municipality awarded a contract for no more than $1 million to Tresco Paving. The company bid $1.1 million on the project, which will be completed this spring.

Among the roads scheduled for paving are:

Adams Court, Brison Court, Benden Circle, Chelstead Drive, Covington Court, Holly Court, Michel Court, Millstream Drive, Overlook Court, Lyons Trail Drive, Ridgemont Court, Shady Drive, Spruce Drive, Boreland Farm Road, Florida Street, Jones Farm Road, Kohosek Court, Meadowbrook Road and Twin Oaks Drive.

Permits issued

Building permits were issued earlier this month for construction of the Goddard School, Morrison said.

The Goddard School is part of the Blue Spruce Shoppes, a mixed-use development along Route 22 near the Monroeville border. The building will function as an early-childhood education center.

Officials did not know when construction would begin.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or

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