Repairs begin next week to two important thoroughfares in Elizabeth Twp. --- Lovedale Road and Rock Run Road --- and crews are urging motorists to be cautious and prepare for delays.
A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said workers will begin replacing a bridge on Lovedale Road at 7 a.m. Monday, which will force the road to be closed between Mill Hill Road and Scott Street.
The bridge is being replaced under a $1.45 million contract with Mele & Mele & Sons, Inc., of Swissvale, which also will be repaving the approaches to the bridge. The work is expected to conclude in November, the PennDOT spokesman said.
All traffic will be detoured from Monday through Aug. 16. The posted detour is lengthy and uses McKeesport Road (River Road) to Elizabeth, Route 51 to Route 48, and Mill Hill Road.
Meanwhile, the Allegheny County Department of Public Works will begin a $10.7 million project to repair and upgrade Rock Run Road on Tuesday.
A county spokesman said the work is necessary to repair damage from a landslide, stablize the road and make other improvements.
The project will require Rock Run Road to be closed between Industry Road and Daggette Drive for at least a week.
Traffic will be detoured using Greenock Buena Vista Road, Ridge Road, Broadlawn Drive and Route 48.
During the closure, crews will construct a rock embankment to repair the landslide.
Additional work will include new drainage, pavement and safety improvements on Rock Run Road between Route 48 and Industry Road, the county spokesman said. That project will continue until September.
Drivers can expect delays and brief stoppages between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays.
The section of Rock Run Road between Route 48 and Cresswood Drive is tentatively planned for a week-long closure in early August, the county said. Workers will be regrading the road and making safety improvements to the intersection.
The work is being done by Northeast Paving, a division of Eurovia Atlantic Coast, LLC, of Pittsburgh, the county said.
Originally published July 19, 2019.