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Work stops access to Route 8 at Duncan Avenue in Hampton

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Attention Duncan Avenue motorists.

Access to Route 8 in Hampton — via Duncan Avenue — will end at 7 a.m. April 22.

The Route 8-Duncan Avenue intersection will close that morning for up to four months while crews replace the 95-year-old bridge over Gourdhead Run, near the Easy Trip gas station.

Gary Metzinger Cement Contractor, Inc. of O'Hara will replace the span with a 71-foot, precast CON/SPAN unit — a combination bridge-culvert — from Contech Engineered Solutions, headquartered in West Chester, Ohio.

The new bridge is part of an estimated $4 million, multi-year package of traffic improvements and flood mitigation projects planned at, or near, the corner of Route 8 and Duncan Avenue.

Federal, state, county and local dollars will pay for the projects.

This year, crews also will create a water retention basin beside the corner of Route 8 and Duncan Avenue — on the former Auld hardware store property — in conjunction with the bridge replacement project.

Next year, PennDOT will add new turning lanes at the intersection, on state-maintained Route 8. Duncan Avenue also will get new turning lanes.

Lochner announced the forthcoming Duncan Avenue closure at the April 10 meeting of Hampton Council.

“The (Duncan Avenue) bridge is really in bad shape,” Lochner said. “If we weren't doing this project, they (Allegheny County) probably would have closed it any way.”

The short bridge over Gourdhead Run was built in 1918, and now has structural cracks, Lochner said.

Motorists can use Mount Royal Boulevard, Craighead Road, both in Hampton, and Elfinwild Road in Shaler, to access Route 8 during the Duncan Avenue closure.

Lochner expects the Route 8 and Duncan Avenue intersection to re-open in mid-August.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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