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Connellsville's South Pittsburgh Street detours could last for six months

| Friday, March 15, 2013, 6:03 p.m.
Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier
Crews with Danmar Contracting Company, based in Jeannette, work to reposition a sewer line around Trump Run Bridge along South Pittsburgh Street on Friday, March 15, 2013, in Connellsville.

Motorists who travel along Connellsville's Pittsburgh Street to enter or exit South Connellsville are encountering a detour that, ultimately, will last for about six months.

Next month, travelers along a section of Route 119 in Dunbar Township will encounter changing traffic patterns and single lane restrictions, when a PennDOT improvement project begins.

Connellsville Municipal Authority in February approved Danmar Contracting Inc. of Delmont to perform a sewer line replacement project under the Trump Run Bridge.

That work was expected to be completed by the end of this week, said Jerry Fox, wastewater plant supervisor.

Ohio-based Velotta Corporation will begin bridge work after utility line replacement work is complete.

The $1.3 million project is expected to be done by the end of September, PennDOT officials said.

In Dunbar Township, base repair, milling, resurfacing, drainage work, guide rail work and minor signal upgrades are planned between Greenwood Heights and Bell Road beginning on April 1.

Work is expected to be completed by late July, PennDOT spokeswoman Valerie Peterson said.

Golden Eagle Construction of Uniontown was awarded the $2.2 million project.

North and southbound traffic will be affected.

“There will be single-lane restrictions. That is a stretch of roadway that needs to have rehabilitative work,” Peterson said.

Bob Topper, Fayette EMS administrative director, said being aware of and planning ahead for road work are part of the job.

“We keep an eye on projects, weather, the flow of traffic,” Topper said.

Projects like that planned in Dunbar Township might require a little extra preparation on the ambulance service's part, Topper said.

A station at the Fayette County Fairgrounds is one option for township calls.

“If we are picking someone up in Dunbar and going to Highlands Hospital, we might take Crawford Avenue into town,” he said.

“We take into consideration where (a project) is, what they are doing that day. It's a very fluid situation, day to day,” Topper said.

Ambulances leaving the city's station can follow Arch Street into South Connellsville, skirting Pittsburgh Street until it gets past the bridge.

“There is no additional response time for us, really,” he said.

“South Connellsville is one of the fire departments that does immediate response with us on life-threatening emergencies, and they are coming from the other side of the bridge,” Topper said.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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