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Fall completion date expected for Hardt Road

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Michael Sirianna, a laborer with Gulisek Construction Co. of Mt. Pleasant, works to replace an 18-inch stormwater pipe on Hardt Road.
Deborah Deasy | Trib Total Media
Michael Sirianna, a laborer with Gulisek Construction Co. of Mt. Pleasant, works to replace an 18-inch stormwater pipe on Hardt Road.
Michael Sirianna, left, and Joe Dowens, laborers with Gulisek Construction Co. of Mt. Pleasant, work to replace an 18-inch stormwater pipe on Hardt Run.
Deborah Deasy | Trib Total Media
Michael Sirianna, left, and Joe Dowens, laborers with Gulisek Construction Co. of Mt. Pleasant, work to replace an 18-inch stormwater pipe on Hardt Run.

Motorists can expect crews to resurface Hardt Road in Richland and Hampton before September.

“Definitely,” said project manager Jack Roos of A. Folino Construction Co. in Oakmont. “I would say before the end August, we'll be pretty much completed with the work on Hardt Road.”

Until then, motorists can expect delays on Hardt Road while flaggers direct drivers into alternating, single lanes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights.

Hardt Road's 2.6-mile facelift — from Wildwood Road in Hampton to Route 910 in Richland — is part of a $6.22-million PennDOT contract with A. Folino Construction to resurface 9.72 miles of state roads in Pine, Richland, Hampton and West Deer before the end of November.

“These roads are truly in need of repairs,” Roos said. “Thankfully, our tax dollars are at work.”

The PennDOT contract called for the recent resurfacing of Route 910 from Pearce Mill Road in Pine to Hardt Road in Richland, and from Route 8 in Richland to Christonia Road in West Deer.

A. Folino Construction Co. also will repave Ingomar Road — between Kummer Road and Babcock Boulevard in North Park — as part of its PennDOT contract, after Allison Park Contractors of Hampton finishes replacing 500 feet of water pipes along Ingomar Road.

“Ingomar is actually the last one we have to go to, but we can't even go over there because they're doing the water line right now,” Roos said.

“Our goal is get these three sites — two on Route 910 and one on Hardt Road — buttoned up first,” Roos said. “I would say by the end of August, all three of these roads will be completed. Each one of these roads is about three miles.”

Prior to Hardt Road's resurfacing, a crew from Gulisek Construction Co. in Westmoreland County recently replaced an 18-inch, rusted steel pipe under the north end of Hardt Road as part of improvements to the road's storm water drains.

A. Folino Construction Co. crews soon will mill Hardt Road's entire surface — perhaps in the second week of August, Roos said — before they apply a final layer of new asphalt.

“Hopefully, this will remedy a bunch of problems, because there are a lot of residents that live off that road,” Roos said.

Hardt Road also is popular shortcut from Richland to North Park and shopping centers on McKnight Road.

Marlene Mast, 81, a Route 910 resident for six decades, welcomed news of Hardt Road's makeover.

Mast stopped using Hardt Road earlier this year because of rampant potholes on the hilly and winding two-lane road.”

“It's horrible,” Mast said. “You have to go in the other lane and hope nobody is coming, and if somebody is coming, you have to get back over and make sure you don't have a pothole there.”

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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