Lime Hollow, Verona roads to be repaired with $3M in emergency funding
Two main roads in Penn Hills will be repaired with $3 million in emergency funding, state Rep. Tony DeLuca announced Thursday.
Lime Hollow and Verona roads, both victims to flooding over the summer, will get fixed with the money, DeLuca said.
Rainstorms in July left Eastern Suburb communities under around 3 inches of water, damaging roads, parks, businesses, homes and the washing away of $20,000 worth of road salt. The deluge led to municipal officials declaring a state of emergency to fast track certain repair projects.
The money is coming from federal transportation monies distributed to state transportation agencies, DeLuca said. Therefore, PennDOT will hire the contractors to do the work.
“Both of these roads are key arteries in Penn Hills. They’re very well-traveled,” he said. “I’ve been diligently pursuing this funding since the flooding occurred because I knew the safety of Penn Hills residents was in jeopardy.”
Steve Cowan, PennDOT spokesman, said $1 million is allotted for repairs on Verona Road and the rest is for Lime Hollow Road.
He said the work on Verona Road involves drainage upgrades, slope stabilization and miscellaneous pavement patching. The work on Lime Hollow Road involves slope and streambank stabilization and miscellaneous patching.
“PennDOT is working on designs. We’re hoping to bid out the work right after the first of the year,” Cowan said.
Lime Hollow Road closed for a few hours on Oct. 24 so that PennDOT designers could review the street for future repairs. It was closed between Springdale Drive and Coal Hollow Road.
Penn Hills Manager Scott Andrejchak welcomes the repair work, which is scheduled to start on Lime Hollow Road in 2020.
“This is great news for Penn Hills. The municipality welcomes the funding, and thanks Representative DeLuca’s office for working on our behalf. These are critical, high volume thoroughfares in need of serious repairs,” Andrejchak said.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter .