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Trouble Ahead? PennDOT Plans Route 65 and Sewickley Bridge Work

Sewickley officials expect the work, which begins next week, will have significant impacts on traffic and the upcoming Harvest Festival.

Motorists who think the area is a commuting nightmare now may want to steer cleer of Route 65 over the next couple of weeks.

That's because PennDOT is gearing for two projects expected to have a huge impact on motorists traveling on the bridge and Route 65.

said he received notice Friday of PennDOT's plans to begin work Tuesday, Sept. 4 on Route 65 from the . The work will occur during the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

For motorists, this will mean one-lane traffic in both directions. The work is expected to be completed in two to three weeks.

In addition to the Route 65 work, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, PennDOT is also planning to repair the apron, the approach to the bridge. The concrete and asphalt repair work will require alternating one-lane traffic, with Flannery estimating traffic could take 20 minutes to alternate in each direction.

The bridge is currently under since .

Flannery said PennDOT plans to work continuously throughout the weekend on the Sewickley Bridge to finish the work. But with planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, he also worries about the impact the bridge could have on the all-day festitivites. Local churches, businesses and non-profits are participating, not to mention about 135 vendor booths.

"It's going to be a mess next Friday," Flannery predicted.

Anyone thinking of using Beaver Street as a short-cut will also have to contend with roadwork in , which starts on Tuesday, the same day PennDOT plans to begin Route 65 work.

While PennDOT didn't coordinate the roadwork plans with Sewickley, Flannery said plans have been coordinated to ensure safety officials can respond to emergencies.

Flannery said he spoke to , and have been placed on notice. Valley Ambulance plans to have an ambulance stationed on the Sewickley side of the bridge and Lifeflight has been rearranged, Flannery said.

John Linko September 03, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I hope that contact can be made with PennDOT public information officer Jim Struzzi, to find out exactly why they made notification Friday of work commencing on Tuesday. It sounds to me that PennDOT is striving to maintain it's less-than-stellar relationship with local municipalities. Mr. Flannery does a good job assuring that all layers of local government and public safety is communicated with, and establishes contingencies for these types of situations. This includes the "Lifeflight has been rearranged" contingency, which refers to medical helicopters called to transport patients from Sewickley Valley Hospital. These helicopters currently use a landing area at the Valley Ambulance headquarters in Moon Township, which is itself a backup location because of the construction at Quaker Valley Middle School. Wonder where the "backup to the backup" location is..
Larissa Dudkiewicz September 04, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Update: PennDOT's spokesman is out of the office until tomorrow, but a news release sent out today states the Route 65 work is taking place from Sept. 4 to Saturday, Sept. 8 weather permitting. I previously reported the work would take two to three weeks.

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