Logans Ferry Road reopening this week questionable
Logans Ferry drivers may have to deal with detours for a little bit longer.
The road, closed near Entrance Drive in Plum since Oct. 2, may not reopen this week as previously expected.
There was hope it could reopen before Thanksgiving, but the contractor working on a bridge project there has been delayed and can't confirm that the road will reopen by Wednesday, said Jeff Rossi, a spokesman for the state's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
A small bridge spanning a defunct railroad span was structurally deficient. Instead of a bridge replacement, the gap is being filled in and drainage improvements are being made in the area.
Rossi said the contractor was not confirming it would have the road ready for paving this week. If the work is not done by Wednesday, the holiday and weather could push the paving back a few more days, Rossi said.
“Contractually, they have until Dec. 15 to complete the job, so at this point they are still way ahead of schedule if the opening slips a few more days,” he said.
About 12,000 cars travel that part of Logans Ferry daily near border of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. The official detour route for cars is about eight miles long, while a separate detour for trucks is about 14 miles long.