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Cove Run Road improvements expected

Cove Run Road in Indiana Township has reopened for the summer, but it won't be too long before it closes again.

The road, off of Route 910, is commonly used by motorists to access Emmerling Park. It shuts down every winter because its steep grade is a hazard. It opened last week, but is expected to close at the end of summer for $1.4 million in upgrades.

Township Manager Dan Anderson said he is not certain how long it will remain closed once work begins.

Cove Run Road has been the target of improvements for more than five years, but work has been delayed by permits and other design obstacles.

Construction is expected to reduce by half the slope of the road, which at its steepest is 26 percent. A portion of the road will have to be realigned. Bids for the work originally went out in 2007.

Anderson said the job will need to be rebid because designs now require a significant increase in the amount of fill that needs to be moved.

"Once we get the bids, we should be moving right along," he said.

Cove Run became a priority when it was decided that McClellan Road would be abandoned for the Pennsylvania Turnpike expansion project.

Permits for the work were required from the Army Corps of Engineers because the project affects a Deer Creek tributary.

Anderson said it also took time to secure rights of way from owners of property that will be affected by the work. Motorists won't need to use detours until at least the end of summer, Anderson said.

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