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Trouble Ahead? PennDOT Plans Route 65 and Sewickley Bridge Work

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

Moon-area 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. and is expected to be completed in two to three weeks.

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 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 Edgeworth, 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 he is coordinating plans 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 Brush September 02, 2012 at 10:49 AM
So let me get this straight. PenDOT is starting work on 65 which is the major detour route for the Ambridge bridge traffic. So tell me what's the detour route for the detour of the detour? . . . John Brush
Mike Sevin September 02, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Simply ridiculous. PennDot wonders why people flip out and have no respect for them. Let's close the 79 bridge and the McKees Rocks bridge while we're at it. We can kayak to work, right?
Kiwi September 02, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Idiots.
clearfield September 02, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Several years ago, the Ambridge Bridge was painted. Why wasn't it repaired then? Now we will see an already congested mess made 200 times worse!! Will we see Moon police on the one side, and Sewickley police on the other controlling the traffic flow ALL DAY instead of just during peak hours? Why not put the man-hours into finishing the Ambridge Bridge work early? Why not have crews work on that bridge around -the - clock? There are over 7,000 "fractured" bridges in the United States, at this time. That means these bridges could collapse at any time. Many of these old bridges were built in such a way that if one small piece of the bridge failed, the entire structure would come down!!!
clearfield September 02, 2012 at 02:20 PM
http://saveourbridges.com/map.html
Brian September 02, 2012 at 08:38 PM
The decision-makers at PennDot are possibly the dumbest people who have every walked the face of the Earth. Close the Ambridge bridge, close the Sewickley bridge, conduct three different construction projects on Route 65, which reduce traffic to single lanes and then close the entire stretch of Route 65 south of the McKees Rocks bridge for nearly a year and a half (after you just resurfaced the same area not more than two years ago). You would think someone, anyone, would look at the master list of projects and say to themselves, "Geez, we'd better not do all that work on the same road at the same time because if we do it could negatively impact the lives of taxpayers and, moreover, hamper their ability to create positive economic impact in our region. Let's be smart about this, have some common sense and just do the right thing instead of taking the usual course of action that kills commerce, raises fuel usage and contributes to untold levels of frustration." I'm nuts.
Phil Herrle September 04, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Once again, our genius politicians and planners are back at work. No, clearfield, we won't be seeing police at both ends of the bridge I'm sure. When they started the Sewickley bridge work a few months ago, there were police at the beginning, but "the funding ran out". Why isn't this factored into the repair cost? Here's an idea; put an officer at the Moon side of the bridge, during both rush hours for the next couple of weeks. Have them write tickets for every one of the idiots who pull into the intersection when their light is red, which blocks all movement. That should bring in enough cash to cover police costs. Of course, the best plan would be to wait until the Ambridge bridge opens before starting construction on the detour route. But that would make sense wouldn't it? Even more importantly, someone who is owed political favors, wouldn't be getting their favor returned in a timely matter - maybe That should be looked into.
Mel V September 06, 2012 at 03:02 AM
There should be an ordinance that you can only have a certain amount of construction sites within so many miles of each other.

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