Route 910 detours in Pine expected to last until October
By Deborah Deasy
Published: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Elf on the Shelf’ finds a home in Highcliff kindergarten class
- Cuts in food stamps leave more people turning to pantries
- La Roche College’s international students form bonds in area
- Safety drives need for North Park trail improvements
- McCandless student wins ‘My Holiday Wish’ Coloring Contest
- Young North Hills-area dancers’ dreams come true in ‘Nutcracker’
- Highland fire department in McCandless offering free smoke alarms