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PennDOT officials hope to have E. Pittsburgh St., other Greensburg work done by fall

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Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Workers will begin paving East Pittsburgh Street and sections of two other Greensburg roads in August and finish the projects before fall, according to two PennDOT officials.

Tresco Paving Corp. has been awarded a $3 million contract to resurface East Pittsburgh and parts of East Otterman Street and Arch Avenue, said Thomas Boyle, project manager, and Valerie Petersen, PennDOT spokeswoman.

Before the paving can begin, workers must excavate sections of sidewalks — most at intersections along East Pittsburgh — in preparation for installation of new accessibility ramps, Boyle said.

A subcontractor is working on the handicapped ramps.

“They're doing ADA ramps — the ones utilities did not do — and once the ADA ramps are done they're going to pave,” Boyle said.

Approximately 25 new accessibility ramps are planned, Boyle said.

PennDOT had intended to start the paving in the spring, but that was delayed because of ramp design work and related engineering, Boyle said.

“They're challenging to put in,” Petersen said of the ramps.

Over the last few years, contractors for Peoples Natural Gas and the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County tore up East Pittsburgh Street and other Greensburg roads while doing line-replacement work.

The East Pittsburgh Street project will start at Main Street and continue east to the tie-in with Route 30. The Otterman Street project will begin at the split with Pittsburgh Street and continue to Main Street.

Arch Avenue work will occur between Pittsburgh and Otterman streets, transportation officials said.

A Tresco spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

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.

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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