Sewerage work could delay Harrison City-Export Road project
State and local officials say they hope the unexpected rerouting of a sewage line this summer won't back up the scheduled mid-September completion of work on Harrison City-Export Road.
Though the worst-case scenario would be a delay of a month or so, officials still are aiming for the reconstruction of the road to wrap up in three months, Westmoreland County Engineer Henry Fitz said on Tuesday.
“We're all trying to work together,” Fitz said. “It's to everyone's benefit, and we definitely don't want to delay completion because we know how important that road is down there.”
Harrison City-Export Road has been closed to through traffic at its intersection with Route 130 since late January for a $2.1-million project to realign and widen the road to add a turning lane and eliminate a dangerous “S” curve and to build a new bridge over an unnamed Bushy Run tributary.
Another section of the sewage line was moved last fall, but officials involved with the project recently determined that another part of the line had to be rerouted because there wasn't enough room to install the planned shoring near the bridge abutment.
Over the past few weeks, representatives from the county, state, sewage authority and the contractor have been meeting to pin down the cost of the relocation and to acquire updated permits and revised easements so construction of a new bridge may resume. Related work on the sidewalks, curbing and traffic signals has continued as scheduled, Fitz said.
The sewage authority and county have agreed to split the costs associated with the relocation of the line, with the authority's board members voting June 10 to spend up to $30,000. However, authority and county officials are continuing to try to find ways to lower the cost of the work, Fitz said.
Some of the complication simply is related to the nature of the project, according to state Rep. George Dunbar (R-Penn Township). Though Harrison City-Export Road is county-owned, the state is providing management because federal funding is involved, he said.
“I know it's a pain right now with the road being closed, but I think when it's open, everybody will be real happy,” Dunbar said.
Publicly, no governmental entity is pointing fingers at anyone for the hiccup.
“This has been a completely positive, cooperative effort between the county, the sewage (authority) and PennDOT,” said Pat Richter, a construction services engineer for PennDOT.
That's little consolation at this point to a business owner such as Pati Livengood, who has a photography studio in her Harrison City-Export Road home near the work area.
She said she's “beyond frustrated” with the project, which included temporary closures of the road last fall because of the relocation of the other part of the sewage line, a broken water pipe and the moving of utility infrastructure by electric and cable companies.
Livengood estimates her business is down by about 30 percent, and she's coming into her busiest time, when students are using their summer months to take their senior portraits.
Two weeks ago, only three students came in to her studio. The usual flow is nine students in a week.
“People aren't coming here because these kids can't find us.”
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 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 man hopes new signs will slow traffic on Waugaman
- Penn Township’s Kendall Vertes launches pop music career
- Trafford mayor wants changes in parking ordinance
- More bids to be sought for summer paving project in Manor
- CEO: Apex could drill soon in Penn Township
- Trafford joins county land bank program