Authority keeps its promise, restores McKeesport street
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.