ShareThis Page
News

Authority keeps its promise, restores McKeesport street

| Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 3:26 a.m.
A. Folino Construction crews sweep the 1200 block of Walnut Street after milling the roadway for an even surface to pave Monday morning.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Trib Total Media
A. Folino Construction crews sweep the 1200 block of Walnut Street after milling the roadway for an even surface to pave Monday morning.
An A. Folino Construction worker steamrolls freshly laid asphalt on Walnut Street in McKeesport during Monday's restoration project.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Trib Total Media
An A. Folino Construction worker steamrolls freshly laid asphalt on Walnut Street in McKeesport during Monday's restoration project.

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County completed its obligation to restore Walnut Street after a summer of water line repairs in McKeesport.

Crews from A. Folino Construction, contracted by the water authority, shut down Walnut between Ninth and Thirteenth avenues Monday to resurface sections of the heavily traveled roadway.

“We're doing road restoration — milling and resurfacing,” foreman Shawn McCommon said. “They did temporary repairs over the summer, and we're here to do the final repairs.”

Despite the inconvenience of rerouting traffic to side streets during Monday's morning commute, McKeesport public works director Steve Kondrosky said the project is well worth the effort.

“Today's work was a minor inconvenience that has a long-term benefit for a heavily traveled roadway in our city,” Kondrosky said, noting that Walnut Street carries traffic from downtown McKeesport to the city's Christy Park neighborhood as well as to neighboring municipalities such as White Oak, Versailles and Elizabeth Township.

McCommon said thorough resurfacing is crucial in restoring a roadway to like-new condition.

“Temporary patches will fall apart eventually,” he said. “This is more of a permanent fix to get back to the road's original condition.”

Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County could not be reached for a description on the nature of repairs that took place over the summer.

Mayor Michael Cherepko said crews are doing a great job in repairing the roadway, which was paved in recent years.

“The city is grateful that the water authority is taking responsibility to make sure the road is restored to the best condition possible under the given circumstance,” Cherepko said.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1956, or jvertullo@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