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Detours continues on Middle Road, Duncan Avenue in Hampton Township

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Deborah Deasy | Hampton Journal
Sections of Duncan Avenue's new bridge arrived by tractor-trailer last week. The new bridge is part of a CON/SPAN unit, incorporating about 20 sections of precast concrete.

Local motorists can expect four to nine more weeks of detour driving while crews wrap up two local road projects.

Duncan Avenue — between Route 8 and Mt. Royal Boulevard — probably will reopen in the middle of September, according to Hampton Township manager Chris Lochner.

Lochner reported the expected reopening at the Aug. 14 meeting of Hampton Council.

The township's police department was advised last week to expect the imminent arrival of trucks bearing 21 sections of an 80-foot bridge and culvert slated for installation during the week of Aug. 19 on Duncan Avenue.

A 350-ton crane was scheduled to arrive Monday to lift and place the precast, concrete sections to form a new bridge on Duncan Avenue and underlying culvert for Gourdhead Run, a tributary of Pine Creek.

The intersection of Duncan Avenue at Route 8 closed April 22 for the removal — and replacement — of a deteriorating bridge over Gourdhead Run.

At another bridge replacement site, Hampton officials anticipate an early October reopening of the Middle Road bridge over milepost 40.2 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

When the bridge closed March 11, motorists began using a 5.2-mile posted detour incorporating Wildwood Road, Route 8 and East Hardies Road.

“As of now, Middle Road is scheduled to reopen in early October, assuming no weather delays or material delivery delays,” said Tom Fox, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Several months ago, Gulisek Construction, general contractor for the Middle Road bridge-replacement project, informed Hampton officials that it planned to finish the project and remove all Middle Road detours by Oct. 4.

The intersection of Middle and McNeal roads — located beside the bridge project — was scheduled to reopen yesterday, Wednesday. The McNeal Road intersection closed June 17.

The reopening of the intersection allows Route 8 motorists to access Middle Road, south of the bridge project, via McNeal Road.

The Middle Road bridge is among six area spans that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission plans to replace in preparation for total reconstruction of the turnpike — by 2018 — between the Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley interchanges.

In other local road news, rainy weather has pushed back plans to resurface nearly 1.4 miles of Hampton streets, according to Alex Zarenko, director of community services for Hampton Township,

Hampton Council voted in May to accept a bid by Shields Asphalt Paving of Richland to repave Tall Timber Drive, Buckboard Trail, South Trail Court, Surrey Drive and Valley View Drive for about $277,000.

Zarenko expected the Shields firm to start the resurfacing work in August, but “it's week by week,” Zarenko said about the scheduling delay.

“We don't know when they're coming,” Zarenko said. “It has to be done before Oct. 15.”

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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