Share This Page

Trio of roads fixed, reopened after sliding issues

| Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Three Westmoreland County roads have reopened in the past several weeks after about a half-million dollar PennDOT project to fix sliding land beneath them.

Portions of the three roads were fully closed and are now open, said Jay Ofsanik, a safety press officer for the state Department of Transportation.

Ofsanik describes the issue as a “slide underneath the roadway.”

“It wasn't material that went on the roadway,” he said. “It was the outer edge of the roadway that began to slide out from underneath.”

Road surfaces weren't damaged because crews were sent in to fix the problem, he said.

In Murrysville, crews repaired the Route 22 westbound off-ramp to old Route 22 at the Allegheny County line. Some work remains there, Ofsanik said, but the road is open to drivers.

Penn Township's Trafford-Murrysville Road had repairs south of the turnpike bridge, which included relocating a waterline. The road had been closed since mid-September. It was expected to open by the end of October but was delayed because of the need to move the waterline.

Route 993 just east of Irwin Borough also underwent repairs.

Repair costs totaled $582,929. Carmen Paliotta Contracting Inc. was the contractor for the projects.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or rskena@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.