Starting Monday, drivers who use Allison Hollow Road can expect to see some delays, along with a few orange barrels and flaggers.
Work is set to begin on the $1.688 million project for a full-depth reconstruction of Allison Hollow from West Pike Street to Kings Road. Chartiers Township supervisors awarded the contract last month to Morgan Excavating of Belle Vernon.
Over the years, Allison Hollow has gone from a backcountry road to a major throughfare. At one point, the road was not even paved, but maintained with tar and chip.
New housing developments and traffic related to the Marcellus gas industry have seen the number of vehicles that use the road on a weekly basis increase from the hundreds to the thousands. A 2012 traffic study by township police over a seven-day period determined that almost 7,500 vehicles used Allison Hollow northbound between Pike and Old Hickory Ridge Road, while 5,000 vehicles traveled it southbound.
“If you travel Allison Hollow, you can expect delays for the next few months,” said Jodi Noble, township manager. “Work will be begin with some tree trimming and removing trees in the right of way. Once that is done, work will begin on the base.”
Traffic may be down to one lane and controlled by flaggers. At a couple points during contruction, the road will be closed so work can be done to stabilize the hillside in some areas.
“In some areas, there is just not enough room to do the work,” Noble said. “But there will a 48-hour notice before the closure.”
Police Chief James Horvath said officers will be monitoring the flow of traffic on Pike Street between McGovern and Allison Hollow roads, as well as on McGovern.
“With the two schools in the area and all the homes, traffic backs up,” Horvath said. “We will also be watching the stop signs in the area.
“Hopefully, drivers will understand there is construction and there will be delays,” he added. “There is no way around it. But maybe some will find alternate routes.”
The work includes installing new drains and sewers. Construction is to be done by July 31.
Noble said the township is in talks with Range Resources about repairing the balance of Allison Hollow between Kings and Old Hickory Ridge Road.