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Ride along Mt. Pleasant's Main Street should get smoother

| Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 12:36 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For the Daily Courier
Road workers from PennDOT made large strides in finishing the milling and paving as they kept traffic to one lane on Main Street (Route 31) in Mt. Pleasant Borough.

A trip down Main Street in Mt. Pleasant won't be such a bumpy ride next week when work PennDOT completes its work on the section of Route 31 that runs through the borough.

For months, borough officials have been attempting to get that part of the state road prioritized by PennDOT, applying to the department to fix the rippled road that is the town's Main Street.

“We complained and complained,” Mt. Pleasant Mayor Gerald Lucia said. “They finally agreed to meet with us to go over the problem.”

PennDOT officials met with local representatives in mid-July to walk the route and discuss concerns.

“We were receiving a lot of complaints,” Council President Joe Bauer said of the road. “Not just from local residents, but from people who had driven through the town.”

At that meeting, borough officials were informed the state budget did not include funding for the entire repaving of the route. A few of the most affected areas are now being addressed, however.

“We do have our Westmoreland County road maintenance workers from PennDOT out doing some milling and paving,” PennDOT District 12 spokeswoman Valerie Peterson said. “The surfaces were wavy, which could have been caused by heat or by heavy traffic. This will make it a much smoother surface.”

“We know that there is not money in the budget for the whole road to be resurfaced, so we are happy that they are at least doing this,” Lucia said of the work being done. “It's not going to match very well, but it's going to be a lot better than it was.”

Lucia said the road has not been resurfaced since 1999.

“It might cause a little traffic issues, but it's going to be great in the long run,” Lucia said.

Bauer said he is glad borough officials were diligent in their pleas to PennDOT to fix the wavy roadway.

“I hope now that people in the town will realize that council is out to do their very best to make this town as nice as it can be,” Bauer said.

Peterson said if the weather stayed fair and the crews did not run into any issues, work on the road and the intersections would be completed by the weekend.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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