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Just Fix It!

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, 12:00 p.m.

A stretch of Mt. Troy Road extension in Ross has cracked and collapsed so badly a half-mile from Rebecca Hurst's home that she's telling her children to steer clear of it.

"I have kids that ride bikes and stuff and they can't ride on the road anymore because it's falling in. It's horrible," she said.

The shoulder of the road and part of one lane have fallen significantly from the surface of the road. Plants have taken root in the sizable crack. A roughly 200-foot stretch of one lane has been closed, with stop signs controlling an alternating single lane of traffic.

The two-lane road in Ross is owned by Allegheny County, which was made aware of the problem in March, said Gene Vaskov, project manager and manager of the geotechnical division at the county Public Works Department.

Vaskov said a consultant has devised possible solutions to stabilize the area, but there is no money in this year's budget to cover the estimated $300,000 cost. The department is requesting money for repairs be included in the county's 2006 budget.

Vaskov said the damage likely was caused by heavy rain, but not directly related to Hurricane Ivan, so it is not eligible for federal disaster repair money.

"We're doing the best we can with the money we have to address the situation," Vaskov said.

About 400 vehicles travel the road each day, Public Works Director Tom Donatelli said.

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Who's responsible?

Gene Vaskov, manager of the geotechnical division at the Allegheny County Public Works Department, is the project manger. He can be reached at 412-350-5585.

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