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Intermittent Beaver Road closures likely to continue through summer

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

The on-again, off-again closures of Beaver Road in Glen Osborne are expected to continue through the summer, but the closures won't be as extensive as crews continue working on a multi-municipal sewage interconnect project.

The project — which includes a series of pumping stations connecting Aleppo, Glen Osborne and Sewickley — coupled with Glen Osborne Borough's installation of new water lines forced crews to rip up the road in the fall, Sewickley Mayor Brian Jeffe said.

No long-term closures are planned for the busy stretch that takes drivers off Route 65 and into Glen Osborne before reaching Sewickley, but motorists could expect short-term closures — a day or two at a time — to continue through Sept. 1, Jeffe said.

“It's a pain to close that road,” Jeffe said, noting the time needed to alert Port Authority officials to redirect buses.

“They're the ones who give us the most grief. It's such short notice.”

In November, Port Authority buses began occasionally turning down various side streets in Sewickley and Glen Osborne to reach Route 65, bypassing some stops.

“When we close (Beaver Road) from Glen Mitchell (Road), the only place a bus can go is to make a right-hand turn on one of those roads,” Jeffe said. “Then we have to do ‘no parking' signs on those streets.”

Despite those issues, construction crews are “doing a great job of working with us,” Jeffe said. “Anytime they can keep it open, they're keeping it open.”

Jeffe likened the estimated $8 million interconnect project and the borough's sewage plant upgrades to that of renovations done in a home.

“It's not a coat of paint (and) it's not new windows,” he said. “It's the new furnace behind the wall nobody sees. But for our town, it's a huge commitment.”

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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