Pedestrians can expect changes on Ridge, Highland avenues

June 10, 2014
Single-lane traffic and blocked roads surround the construction on Highland and Locust Avenues in Washington as work rebuilding the area continues. - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Pedestrians walking along Highland and Ridge avenues will soon have to take a detour of their own.

“Pedestrian traffic will be changing here shortly,” said Dean Sarver of Zottola Construction, the contractor doing the work, during a project update meeting Tuesday. “Once the big pieces of equipment move in on Locust Avenue, pedestrians will not be allowed to walk on the street. Pedestrians also will not be able to cross North College Street.”

Sarver said wood fencing will be put in place to restrict access to pedestrians.

The work is part of a $2.7 million project to reconstruct the intersection of Locust and Highland avenues and repave Ridge and Murtland avenues between Locust and the state police barracks.

Work began last August and also includes new, handicap-accessible sidewalks.

It is part of a project to reconstruct the Route 19 corridor in Washington.

The initial phase of the project was completed in 2013 and included work on Lincoln Avenue and College Street.

The project is about 50 percent complete and on schedule, said Scott Faieta, assistant construction engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

“Most of the utilities have been moved, although we are still waiting for Columbia Gas to connect some service lines,” he said.

Faieta said during Tuesday’s meeting he expects the focus of the work to switch from the northbound side to the southbound side between Murtland and Lincoln on Wednesday.

Work is expected to be completed in late fall.

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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