Trafford-Murrysville Road might open Dec. 21
By Chris Foreman
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 8:54 p.m.
A longer-than-expected traffic headache for Level Green residents might end next week.
The state Department of Transportation tentatively is scheduled to reopen Trafford-Murrysville Road on Dec. 21, spokesman Jay Ofsanik said.
State officials closed the road on Sept. 17 for a repair project they initially said would be completed by the end of October.
But the state postponed work by Carmen Paliotta Contracting Inc. until the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County replaced a 300-foot water line near the project area. The county's work wrapped up on Dec. 5, Ofsanik said.
Penn Township Commissioner Larry Harrison said the road closure has been a significant inconvenience for his neighborhood and any drivers who frequent the area. Harrison said he usually takes Trafford-Murrysville Road at least three times a week to go to the tennis courts at Boyce Park in Monroeville. He has taken Abers Creek Road through Monroeville as a detour but said it's a longer drive because it has a lower speed limit and a winding path.
“It will be a welcome change there to be able to go through to Murrysville again,” Harrison said.
Lisa Grublis said the closure has “really been a pain.” The Level Green resident lives about three miles from her parents John and Connie Eddy in Murrysville, but the project means she's without the quickest course.
“It turned what used to be a six-minute drive into a 15-to-20-minute drive, depending on traffic,” Grublis said.
“I'm glad it's not snowing yet because once the snow comes and that route is not open, that's a whole other can of worms.”
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671 ,or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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