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Route 910 detours in Pine expected to last until October

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The daily commutes of nearly 10,000 motorists were affected with the July 22 closing of Route 910 between Pearce Mill Road and Lyndhurst Circle in Pine.

Expect the closure by PennDOT to last at least through mid-October while crews replace two bridges over a branch of North Fork Pine Creek.

“They're in really bad shape and they really do need to be done,” Scott Anderson, assistant manager of Pine Township, said about the bridges.

In conjunction with the bridge replacements, PennDOT will construct new turning lanes and install new traffic signals — on behalf of the township — at the intersection of Route 910 and Pearce Mill Road.

Pine Township officials plan to spend about $830,000 in traffic impact fees — paid by area developers — to pay for the new turning lanes and traffic signals.

PennDOT is paying to replace the bridges on Route 910.

About 9,560 vehicles use the affected area of Route 910 — also known as Wexford Road — on an average day, according to PennDOT.

“We're just hoping everybody follows the posted detours set up by PennDOT,” said Chief Bob Amman of the Northern Regional Police.

Cars traveling west on Route 910 from Babcock Boulevard will be detoured north on Pearce Mill Road, and then west on Graham Road to Warrendale Road, and then south on Route 19, to reconnect with Route 910 near St. Alphonsus Church in Pine.

Cars traveling east on Route 910 — from Route 19 — will be detoured via North Chapel Drive onto Route 19 North, and then east on Warrendale and Graham roads, and then south on Pearce Mill Road, to reconnect with Route 910 at Pearce Mill Road near North Park.

“I will be monitoring the intersection of Graham Road, Wallace Road and the Red Belt (Warrendale Road) to see if there is a backup,” Amman said.

If there is a traffic backlog, he said they will post a police officer in that intersection during peak travel times to alleviate traffic.

The detours will add at least 10 to 15 minutes of travel time to motorists' daily commutes, said Capt. John Sicilia of the North Regional Police Department.

Throughout the project, PennDOT will allow access to the New Community Church to motorists traveling west on Route 910 from Route 19.

The Joseph B. Fay Co. — prime contractor for the project — expects to reopen Route 910 in November, according to a July 8 letter sent to Dean Bastianini, manager of Richland Township.

“The detour will definitely affect Richland Township residents,” Bastianini said. “However, we've had closings on Route 910 in the past, and the most difficult days are the first two weeks. After that, commuters and motorists adapt, and we'll survive this, as we have in the past.”

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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