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Valley News Dispatch

Emergency repairs started on South Gosser Hill Road in Allegheny Township

Chuck Biedka
| Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

It took about a minute early this month for three fallen trees and a wall of water from a failed retention pond to destroy a portion South Gosser Hill Road in Allegheny Township.

The road, guardrail and tons of dirt were pushed down a valley to create a gap in the road.

Although will take months for the road to reopen, repairs are already under way because of an emergency PennDOT grant.

Allison Park Contractors was awarded the emergency contract, said PennDOT spokeswoman Valerie Petersen. PennDOT designed the project.

“PennDOT recognized the importance of the situation of this roadway, because Gosser Hill Road is the only designated truck route to Hyde Park ,” she said. Hyde Park has about 2,000 residents.

The department is working with Allegheny Township and the Norfolk Southern railroad. Norfolk Southern tracks are located between the end of the valley and the Kiski River.

The project is expected to be completed before winter, Petersen said.

Allison Park Contractors foreman Rich Depew is confident that will happen “as long as there is reasonable weather.”

Allegheny Township Municipal Authority’s Bill Knepshield and two staffers and met with Depew on Thursday to look at original plans for the road and see if the actual construction was modified.

The construction crew cleared out debris and found an authority sewer line at the bottom of the valley.

Any sewer repair work must be done before a 66-inch stormwater pipe can be installed, the roadway built, and repaved.

The weather has been tough on roads this year, PennDOT noted.

PennDOT has spent $11.9 million for the U.S. 30 landslide cleanup and road repair near Pittsburgh. Other Allegheny County damage at that time has a $2.7 million price tag.

The July through August flooding statewide is costing PennDOT about $71 million.

Labor Day flooding damage is estimated at $20 million, said PennDOT Press Secretary Erin Waters-Trasatt.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

It’s a long way down to the bottom of the valley below the failed section of South Gosser Hill Road.
It’s a long way down to the bottom of the valley below the failed section of South Gosser Hill Road.
Two backhoes are in use at the road repair project awarded emergency funding by PennDOT.
Two backhoes are in use at the road repair project awarded emergency funding by PennDOT.
Construction workers and Allegheny Township Municipal Authority employees examine a sewer system below the failed section of South Gosser Hill Road.
Construction workers and Allegheny Township Municipal Authority employees examine a sewer system below the failed section of South Gosser Hill Road.
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