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Route 30 in East Pittsburgh Reopens to Traffic After Significantly Accelerated Repair Project


Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) in East Pittsburgh Borough, Allegheny County, reopened to traffic this afternoon, less than three months after a section of the roadway was closed due to a major landslide. 

A section of Route 30 located between Electric Avenue and the Westinghouse Bridge has been closed to traffic since Saturday, April 7, and all lanes reopened to traffic at approximately 1 p.m. today.

“Thanks to the partnership between my administration, county, city, and municipal officials – Route 30 is officially reopening just over two months after its closer. That kind of speed is incredible and is truly a testament to the government that works that I am working to build in Harrisburg,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I want to thank PennDOT’s crew for their countless hours and tireless efforts to get this project done quickly and safely. I am proud of the work we’ve all done together and am looking forward to driving on Route 30 again soon.”

Crews from Golden Triangle Construction completed roadway reconstruction work including asphalt paving, guiderail and drainage installation, curbing, line painting, and other miscellaneous construction activities as the final hurdle to reopening Route 30. Earlier work to rebuild the hillside and provide a stable base to reconstruct the roadway included the placement of 39,000 cubic yards of recycled broken concrete roadway and foreign barrow material and the erection of a 400-foot wall with 51 pilings and 42 anchors. The $6.54 million construction project began on April 27 and the roadway reopened in just over 60 days.

“The intense dedication shown by everyone assisting those impacted by this slide and reopening this roadway has been astounding,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie s. Richards. “I am proud of and thankful for their commitment to completing this mission.”

Prior to Golden Triangle’s work on the slide remediation, crews from Allison Park Contractors under an existing geotechnical contract, conducted work to remove slide material, cut benching for exploratory drilling, and demolished buildings that were damaged from the slide. Simultaneously, Gannett Fleming, Inc. began design work to expedite the permanent repair of the roadway and hillside. The design, which would typically take up to two years, was completed in only nine days.

“This has been ultimate team effort,” said District 11 Executive Cheryl Moon-Sirianni. “I am amazed at the commitment of everyone involved and want to thank those who are helping to bring the Route 30 reopening over the finish line.”

Construction work will continue on the site below Route 30 including concrete lagging installation, reestablishing gas and water lines, anti-graffiti application to the wall, and final grading. Minor construction activities requiring short-term lane restrictions may occur on Route 30.  PennDOT will monitor the roadway for potential settlement of fill material.

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