ShareThis Page
Westmoreland

North Huntingdon to fix road slides

Joe Napsha
| Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, 1:33 p.m.
A section of Haywood Road in North Huntingdon is reduced to one lane because of landslide.
A section of Haywood Road in North Huntingdon is reduced to one lane because of landslide.
A section of Haywood Road in North Huntingdon is reduced to one lane because of landslide.
A section of Haywood Road in North Huntingdon is reduced to one lane because of landslide.

Work is expected to begin in mid-to-late November to stabilize two slides that have reduced traffic to a single lane along two sections of Haywood Road in North Huntingdon.

Plavchak Construction of Jefferson Hills was awarded a $619,800 contract recently by the North Huntingdon Commissioners. Plavchak was the lowest of four bidders. The highest bid was $994,280. The township engineer’s estimate for the project was $650,000.

Jeffrey Silka, North Huntingdon manager, said because of the extent of the road slides, the work to install retaining walls will not be completed until the spring.

Part of the hillside above Route 993, less than a mile from the border of Trafford, began sliding away from the road in late February and early March. The first slide was about 100 feet long and a second one is about 500 feet from the first.

Robert Robinson, a consulting engineer with KLH Engineers of Robinson, previously told commissioners the stability of the slope was “marginal,” with open fissures.

To pay for the project, Silka was authorized to seek funding through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank. The infrastructure bank offers 10-year loans at no interest. North Huntingdon could use money from its annual state liquid fuels fund to make the yearly payments, or take it from the general fund, Silka said.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me