Route 19 work continues

January 14, 2014
Work continues on Ridge Avenue in Washington Monday as part of a project to reconstruct Locust, Ridge and Murtland avenues. - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Drivers who normally use Ridge and Murtland avenues in Washington may want to reconsider their travel plans next week and the following week.

Dean Sarver of Zottola Construction, the contractor working on this phase of the Route 19 corridor project, said starting next week, crews will be cutting across roads in that area as work continues on water lines.

“You might want to find a different way those two weeks,” Sarver said.

Zottola Construction, of Valencia, started work last August on the second phase of the project to improve the Route 19 corridor through Washington.

Work on the water lines in the area and the associated lane shifts of traffic will continue through the end of February, said Scott Faieta, assistant construction engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

Locust Avenue will remain closed while work continues between Ridge and Sumner avenues. Sarver said the contractor is trying to get a traffic signal company in to change the pattern so the light on Locust is green for only 15 seconds in an effort to keep traffic on the other streets moving.

The asbestos removal on buildings slated for demolition as part of the project was completed. The buildings, including the former Highland Bar, will start coming down next week. The subcontractor indicated it could take as long as two weeks to finish the work.

Steve Zottola said he is trying to pin down West Penn Power for a date when utility poles in the area will be moved.

“Hopefully we can get the poles where they need to be,” Faieta said. “In February, we are still likely to feel winter’s grip. But once March rolls around, the contractor is itching to pull the trigger and amp up the workload.”

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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