Downtown Greensburg still smells like fresh asphalt, but the paving project that has snarled city traffic is almost complete, according to PennDOT.
Workers repaved Pittsburgh and Otterman streets. The two one-way roads travel east to west through the heart of downtown. They’re both state roads, maintained by PennDOT.
Paving started early last week. Workers shut down lanes and used flaggers to direct traffic.
People who regularly travel downtown said the work caused a few traffic jams, but no major problems.
“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal really,” said Albert Anderson, who works downtown at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust. “It wasn’t a big, long thing, surprisingly.”
Sandra Jackson, who regularly comes downtown to shop, agreed.
“They’ve got to do it, right? she said. “(Driving in Greensburg) is always a challenge anyway, what’s one more element?”
The paving is mostly done, but there’s still a few final touches in the works, said PennDOT spokeswoman Valerie Petersen.
Workers will return next week to seal and paint the freshly-paved roads.
There will be some road restrictions during the final phase of the project, Petersen said.
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