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Road construction planned throughout South Hills area

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

The final phase of realigning Brownsville Road with the Curry Hollow Road intersection began this week.

New restrictions at the intersection of Brownsville, Broughton and Curry Hollow Roads — part of an $8.6 million intersection improvement project — began on Monday, according to officials from the Allegheny County Department of Public works, in cooperation with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11.

Traffic in both directions on Brownsville Road will be restricted to one alternating lane between Willard Drive and Curry Hollow Road as part of the final phase of realignment, officials said. Work crews will be active from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the next week.

Flaggers will control traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until 8 p.m. on May 24.

Additional changing traffic patterns have been implemented this week — through this Friday — as asphalt crews begin paving the intersections of Fifth Street and Sixth Street at Brownsville Road from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The Brownsville/Broughton/Curry Hollow improvement project spans Baldwin Borough, Pleasant Hills and South Park Township.

It includes an intersection realignment, reconstruction, widening, bituminous paving, concrete installation, reconstruction and extension of a concrete arch culvert, as well as improvements to drainage, curbs, sidewalks, traffic signals and more.

Overall work, being completed by prime contractor Frank J. Zottola Construction Inc. of Valencia, will conclude in fall 2013.

Route 51 traffic signal updates

Traffic signal safety improvements will occur on state Route 51 in Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills and Elizabeth Township through May 24, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11 officials said.

Crews began on Monday installing retro reflective tape to the existing signal backplates. Short-term lane restrictions will occur as needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, at the following intersections with Route 51:

• Weigles Hill Road in Elizabeth Township

• Lewis Run Road (Route 2032) in Pleasant Hills Borough

• Peters Creek Road in Jefferson Hills Borough

• Old Clairton Road in Jefferson Hills Borough

• Jefferson Boulevard in Jefferson Hills Borough

• Coal Valley Road in Jefferson Hills Borough

All turning movements will be accommodated. Bronder Technical Services will perform the work.

Route 837 improvements

A $4.4 million project to improve Route 837 in Jefferson Hills, Clairton and West Elizabeth began on Monday, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11 officials said.

The project includes patching and overlay of existing concrete pavement, concrete reconstruction, updating guiderail, minor drainage, updated signing and pavement markings from Burnett Street in West Elizabeth Borough to Medelssohn Street in the City of Clairton.

In addition, long term ramp closures for milling and paving and concrete reconstruction work will occur.

To allow work to occur, Route 837 will be narrowed to a single, 10-foot lane in each direction from Burnett Street to St. Clair Street. Restrictions will remain in place through mid-July.

Southbound Route 837 will be closed in the area of the Route 51 northbound on-ramp. No closures will occur on northbound Route 837 in this area.

Motorists traveling south on Route 837 will be detoured. Signs will be in place to guide motorists.

Long-term closures will occur on the northbound Route 837 on-ramp to southbound Route 51 and the southbound Route 51 off-ramp to northbound Route 837.

Each ramp will remain closed around-the-clock through mid-July.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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