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Logans Ferry Road closure near New Kensington to begin Monday

| Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
A short bridge along Logans Ferry Road in Plum near Entrance Drive will be removed, not replaced, later this year. File photo.
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
A short bridge along Logans Ferry Road in Plum near Entrance Drive will be removed, not replaced, later this year. File photo.
The Logans Ferry McDonald's in Lower Burrell as it appeared before renovations.
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
The Logans Ferry McDonald's in Lower Burrell as it appeared before renovations.

Logans Ferry Road is set to close Monday for bridge repairs near Entrance Drive.

The road will be closed for about 75 days.

There will be two detours. The one for cars is about 8 miles long using Sardis and Greensburg roads; trucks will have to go another way using the New Kensington and Hulton bridges, and it's about 14 miles long.

About 12,000 vehicles travel the road every day.

While being done as part of the state's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, the bridge there — spanning a defunct railroad spur — isn't actually being replaced. It's going to be filled in.

The Parnassus-area McDonald's is taking advantage of the planned road closure to remodel.

The fast-food restaurant at Logans Ferry and Greensburg roads in Lower Burrell is scheduled to close at 1 p.m. on Sunday, general manager Charmayne Stewart said.

It is scheduled to reopen Oct. 27.

The McDonald's work will come at a time when there will be less traffic in the area because of the detours.

Self-order kiosks and table service will be among the new features of the McDonald's when it reopens in late October after an extensive remodel.

Renovations will be done within the existing structure, which has been open since December 1989, Stewart said.

The restaurant will undergo a “dramatic transformation,” a McDonald's news release said.

“We're getting different, nifty things that aren't in this area as of yet,” Stewart said.

Technological enhancements will include digital self-order kiosks, an expanded kitchen with energy-efficient appliances, digital menu boards with calorie counts, and a side-by-side drive-through.

Table service will be provided in a completely remodeled dining room.

The interior will feature modern lighting and contemporary color schemes, and comfortable furniture with natural finishes, according to a news release.

“We're grateful for the strong support McDonald's has received from this community for many years,” the restaurant's owner and operator, Roy Draper, said in a statement. “That's why we're making sure the new building is even more comfortable and convenient for our customers.”

Staff writer Emily Balser contributed. Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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