Hampton, Pine roadwork almost complete

This is the newly-constructed bridge on Middle Road that spans the Pennsylvania Turnpike. This road will reopen on Friday, Oct. 4.
This is the newly-constructed bridge on Middle Road that spans the Pennsylvania Turnpike. This road will reopen on Friday, Oct. 4.
Photo by Deborah Deasy | Hampton Journal
Deborah Deasy
| Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A trio of heavily used roads — Middle Road and Duncan Avenue, both in Hampton, and Route 910 in Pine — are scheduled to reopen within days, after months of long detours and work to replace crumbling bridges.

Duncan Avenue is slated to reopen Oct. 4 at the intersection of Route 8 in Hampton.

The Middle Road bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike is set to reopen Oct. 4 near the intersection of McNeal Road, also in Hampton.

Route 910 — Wexford Road — is set to reopen Oct. 8 between Lyndhurst Circle and Pearce Mill Road in Pine.

“I'm happy to see that all three of these bridge renovations are going to be completed within the first week of October and the roads opening,” said Victor Son, president of Hampton Council.

“That will tremendously impact the amount of traffic we've had through Hampton on Route 8 and certainly make the residents much happier on their morning and afternoon commutes.” Son said. “Everybody is going to be happy.”

Duncan Avenue closed April 22 for the replacement of a 95-year old bridge over Gourdhead Run, a tributary of Pine Creek, and the installation of a new culvert for the flood-prone waterway.

“It's wider and bigger,” Son said about the culvert. “The ‘pinch point' won't be as small as it was as before.”

The new concrete culvert also supports Duncan Avenue's new roadway over Gourdhead Run and funnels rain and flood waters into the culvert from a bowl of land — a new dry basin — at the site of the former John Auld lumber yard and hardware store at Duncan Avenue and Route 8.

The new culvert, bridge and basin are part of a multiphase, multiyear series of projects to mitigate Pine Creek flooding between Hampton Township and the Allegheny River.

The new Middle Road bridge is among six area spans being replaced in preparation for total reconstruction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike — by 2018 — between the Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley interchanges.

Middle Road closed March 11 for demolition and replacement of the old span.

“There will still be some work to be done in the area around the bridge, with a completion date of Oct. 18,” said Susan Jones of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Motorists also will see ongoing work along Route 910 when the highway reopens Oct. 8.

PennDOT closed a short stretch of the road June 12 to replace a pair of two-lane structures over a branch of North Fork Pine Creek with two new three-lane structures.

In conjunction with the bridge replacements, PennDOT also is constructing new turning lanes and installing new traffic signals — on behalf of Pine Township — at the nearby intersection of Route 910 and Pearce Mill Road.

“The project manager tells me all work is on schedule,” said PennDOT spokesman Steven Cowan. “The overall project, which includes upgrades at the Route 910/Pearce Mill Road intersection, will continue through mid-November.”

But Pearce Mill Road will remain closed from Route 910 to North Park while crews continue to repair collapsing sections of the roadway.

“Because we have not received right-of-way approval for additional slide work, it is difficult to say when Pearce Mill Road will be completed,” Cowan said. “The plan is before Christmas.”

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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