PennDOT Signage Incorrect; Hunter Road Not Closing
It appears as if repairs to the slide on Hunter Road will have to wait a bit longer. Signs installed by PennDOT late last week indicated Hunter Road was scheduled to close for repairs on Monday, June 5th. As it turns out, those signs were wrong.
ThisIsPennHills.com reached out to PennDOT District 11 press officer Steve Cowan for information on how long the road would be closed, amongst other information pertaining to the repairs. Cowan said his staff were actually unaware of the pending closure and looked into our request. By late Friday, Cowan’s office determined there was a miscommunication and in fact the road was not closing as the posted signs had stated.
District 11 crews were set to cover all the signs posted on Friday, however as of Saturday morning a sign near the slide indicating the road was closing Monday was still visible. So just when will Hunter Road be repaired? A specific date was not given, but Cowan told ThisIsPennHills.com that repairs should begin sometime in July.
Hunter Road, which carries approximately 2,700 vehicles per day, has been down to one lane near the Anderson Interiors building between Colorado Street and Plum Street, for nearly a year. The roadway gave way and slid into a tributary of Plum Creek during a severe thunderstorm causing the single-lane closure.
In addition to the slide repair, Hunter Road and Plum Street are also set to be resurfaced later this summer. According to PennDOT documents, approximately 2.3 miles of State Route 2080 will be repaved from Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont to Hamil Road in Penn Hills. According to state records, Hunter Road hasn’t been repaved since 1985. The resurfacing is part of a “group paving” that also includes Sandy Creek and Coal Hollow Roads.
A start date for this project has not been released.