Route 910 closure begins tomorrow in Harmar, Indiana
A portion of westbound Route 910 in Harmar and Indiana townships will close this weekend and several other weekends this fall.
PennDOT contractor Golden Triangle Construction Co. will begin the preliminary pavement work Friday evening that will prepare Route 910 for more in-depth construction scheduled to start in March.
Crews will be replacing concrete from the Route 28 off-ramp to Locust Hill Road.
The work will occur from 7 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday.
Westbound Route 910 traffic will be detoured onto Freeport, Guys Run and Locust Hill roads. Eastbound traffic won't be affected.
PennDOT said the westbound weekend closures likely will occur several times in October and November.
According to department spokesman Jim Struzzi, once the fall preliminary work is completed, there should be no traffic restrictions through the winter until the main project begins in March.
Route 910 will be completely resurfaced through the 1.5-mile section from Route 28 to Locust Hill Road.
In the 3.5-mile section from Locust Hill to Saxonburg Boulevard, existing concrete will be broken up and re-covered with fresh asphalt.
Drainage and guide-rail improvements will be included, as will repairs to two bridges. Widening Route 910 is not planned.
Once the main work begins, westbound traffic occasionally will be detoured overnight and on weekends. Detours will change depending on the location of the work.
Drivers should use caution and expect changing traffic patterns that could cause delays.
The $9.1-million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.
Truck detour is different
Since the detours use local roads that won't accommodate larger vehicles, a separate truck detour has been established.
Truckers should head north on Route 28 to the Pittsburgh Mills mall exit (12A) in Frazer.
From there, trucks will use Tawny Run, Butler Logan, Creighton-Russellton and Deer Creek Valley roads to Saxonburg Boulevard. Heading south on Saxonburg Boulevard will return drivers to Route 910 after a 14-mile detour.
During a presentation of the plans earlier this year, residents who live near Route 910 said they feared overnight work would be excessively loud.
A PennDOT project manager said crews would try to refrain from breaking concrete at night, the portion of work expected to be the loudest.
However, he said they'd need to pave at night in order to reopen the road during the day.