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PennDOT to outline sound barrier project at Sharpsburg meeting

Tawnya Panizzi
| Monday, February 11, 2019 2:50 p.m
Emergency vehicles respond to a crash on Route 28 southbound near the Highland Park Bridge on Jan. 9, 2019. There is a planned $55 million project to alleviate congestion and boost safety.

PennDOT will host a meeting for invited residents — those benefitting from the potential sound barriers related to the $55 million Highland Park Interchange reconstruction project — in Sharpsburg on Tuesday.

There will be a presentation for Aspinwall residents from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and for O’Hara residents from 7 to 8 p.m.

The meeting will be at the Sharpsburg VFW Post 709, 1017 Main Street.

“It is for invited individuals classified as benefited property owners and renters,” PennDOT spokesman Steven Cowan said.

“These individuals were identified through a noise analysis and sound barrier abatement study.”

As originally proposed, the interchange project will target bottlenecks along Route 28 at Exit 6 (Highland Park Bridge).

Average daily traffic in that area is about 57,000 vehicles, according to PennDOT.

Noise-reducing walls are expected to be built in certain areas along the stretch. Specifics will be significant for property owners and renters who would be affected by increased noise.

A December 2017 meeting outlined plans to alleviate congestion and boost safety. Among the highlights of the proposal are returning the road to its original two lanes of traffic in each direction from North Canal Street in Sharpsburg to the Delafield Avenue exit in Aspinwall. Ramps from Route 28 to the Highland Park Bridge and Freeport Road would be reconstructed and traffic lights added.

The project will be funded by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Transportation Improvement Program. Final designs were expected to occur this year, with construction planned for 2020 and 2021.

PennDOT Project Manager Erik Porter said previously that Route 28 traffic would be maintained during construction but ramps to and from the Highland Park Bridge and Freeport Road would be detoured.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, or via Twitter .

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