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Section of Route 19 closed by huge sinkhole could reopen soon

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By Christina Gallagher
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 3:57 p.m.

A section of Perry Highway near Center Avenue in West View that road crews shut down Wednesday due to a large sinkhole could reopen Friday if construction workers can finish repairs, a West View Water Authority officials said.

The sinkhole, about 20 feet deep, appeared in the far-right northbound lane days after a construction crew repaired a sanitary sewer line in the same area. Heavy rains and failure of another sewer built in the 1900s caused the ground to cave.

Crews have been working to repair the hole as quickly as possible, said Sharon Bruno, the authority's director of administration. Once the hole is filled, crews can begin repaving the road, which is the final step before it can be re-opened.

PennDOT will inspect the road before it is reopened to traffic, spokesman Steve Cowan said. PennDOT has the authority to reopen the road.

Traffic has been detoured from Perry Highway, also known as Route 19, onto West Park Drive and Center Avenue.

Christina Gallagher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5637 or

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