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PennDOT awards contracts to repave 3 streets in Greensburg

| Monday, May 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Alicia Sowa of Hempfield says she will be glad when she can regularly use East Pittsburgh Street again to travel to Greensburg.

Ever since workers for utilities began tearing up the street months ago, Sowa has avoided the rough ride into the city.

“You can feel every bump,” she said.

The bouncy jaunts should end soon, according to officials.

PennDOT has awarded a $3 million contract to Tresco Paving Corp. to mill and pave sections of East Pittsburgh Street, East Otterman Street and Arch Avenue in Greensburg, according to agency spokeswoman Valerie Petersen.

The project, which will include construction of accessibility ramps at some intersections, is scheduled to begin Tuesday and conclude in July, according to PennDOT.

“I just think it's about time they work on it,” Sowa said.

Matt Toth of Greensburg agreed with her.

“I'll definitely be glad to see it get done,” Toth said. “It's Western Pennsylvania. They have their share of potholes, so it will be nice to get this done.”

Last year, PennDOT agreed to pave the streets this spring after contractors for Peoples Natural Gas and the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County tore up the roads while doing line replacement work.

The work on East Pittsburgh Street will start at Main Street and continue east to the tie-in with Route 30, Petersen said.

The Otterman Street project will start at the split with Pittsburgh Street and continue to Main Street. Arch Avenue work will occur between Pittsburgh and Otterman streets, transportation officials said.

Milling and paving will be done between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m., Petersen said. When needed, lane closures will be in place with flaggers controlling traffic.

The ramp work will occur during daylight hours, transportation officials said.

Sue Trout, Greensburg city administrator, said she regularly gets bombarded with complaints and questions about East Pittsburgh Street.

“I'm elated,” Trout said. “I think the community's elated. We can't wait. It something that needs to be done.”

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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