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Approximate path of the truck detour around Route 48 in Elizabeth Twp. that will be in place, starting later this week. (Google Maps)
Motorists who use Route 48 near Boston in Elizabeth Twp. will be contending with a detour, beginning this week.
And for truck drivers, it's going to be a long one.
On Wednesday morning, the road will be restricted in the area of Droopy's Bar and Grill to a single, alternating lane of traffic as crews install temporary shoring, said Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
Then, beginning at midnight Thursday, the road will be closed entirely so that crews can replace a culvert and retaining wall between Fey and Keddie roads.
Although heavy rains this year made landslides a nuisance --- and some roads, including Mansfield Road in Elizabeth Twp., have been affected by sinkholes --- the culvert replacement is being coordinated with several other road improvement projects on Route 48, Cowan said.
"There are three projects on Route 48 this year," he said. "Two are bridge replacement projects. The third is a slide remediation job, but that didn't have anything to do with the weather this year."
The prime contractor on the $3.19 million project is A. Merente Contracting. The cost includes culvert replacement and slide repair work.
The posted detour --- for cars only --- will take motorists over Finney Road and West Smithfield Street.
Trucks must follow a longer detour --- approximately 16 to 18 miles --- that uses Route 48 to Walnut Street in McKeesport, Walnut to 13th Avenue, 13th Avenue to Market Street, Lysle Boulevard to the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge, the bridge to Route 837, Route 837 to Clairton, the Clairton-Glassport Bridge to Glassport-Elizabeth Road, Glassport-Elizabeth Road to McKeesport Road, McKeesport Road into Elizabeth, and then Route 51 back to Route 48.
Work will continue through early November, Cowan said.
Originally published September 16, 2019.