PennDOT continues assessing problems on Hunter Road in Penn Hills
Bob Young is ready for Hunter Road to be repaired, open and drivable.
“I lock up a building in Oakmont every night, and it used to be a 15-minute trip,” he said. “Run down the hill, check the building and come right back.”
Young said the trip now takes 30 minutes because of persistent problems on Hunter Road (State Route 2080), which connects Hamil Road to Allegheny River Boulevard and is a well-traveled route into Oakmont. The road becomes Plum Street as it crosses over the municipality's northern border.
It was initially closed in April, between Barger and Colorado streets, to repair what PennDOT officials deemed drainage problems.
“There was a big dip there all winter, but they fixed it, and we thought it was all right,” said Young, who lives up the hill from the closure. “Then a few weeks later, the cracks were back.”
PennDOT re-closed the road in mid-May, and it has remained impassable.
“That's a pretty big inconvenience, because I (drove the road) every night,” Young said. “Right now it's about a five- or six-mile round trip. It doesn't sound like a lot, but when you do it every day, it adds up.”
PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said work crews are still assessing the situation to determine how to proceed. Drilling took place July 7 to determine the material that comprised a small rock- and landslide along the damaged section of Hunter.
Cowan said that should help PennDOT's geotechnical crews decide how best to repair the damage.
Patrick Varine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or email@example.com.
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.
- Penn Hills officials pursue new municipal building
- Penn Hills man arrested for pair of KFC robberies
- Name dropped from Penn Hills library after pledge goes unfulfilled from donor’s estate
- Free flu shots offered in Penn Hills this month
- Access to snacks in cafeteria rankles Penn Hills parents
- Penn Hills works on ordinance to deal with abandoned properties
- Capital program aims to improve Penn Hills’ attractiveness