Share This Page

Hampton, Pine roadwork almost complete

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

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.

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.