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Road Closure Route 201 (Gillespie Hollow Road) Update


Uniontown, PA – PennDOT District 12 would like to update motorists on the closure of a section of Route 201 (Gillespie Hollow Road) in Washington Township, Fayette County. The closure is located between Route 4003 (Brownsville Road) and Sisley Town Road. The closure began on Wednesday, October 27. The roadway will reopen by Saturday, January 8, 2022.

Additional emergency slide repairs are necessary to stabilize the area. Clearing of necessary vegetation and rock scaling for the installation of anchors and mesh netting. The work is progressing utilizing unique and specialized equipment and harnessing for equipment, tools, materials, and project staff. Most of this physically demanding work is being performed by GeoStabilization International (GSI), a Denver Colorado based company. Their motto is “Our passion is to develop and install innovative solutions that protect people and infrastructure from the dangers of geohazards”. The clearing and rock scaling are now completed. The drilling of anchors is over 50% complete, and half of them are currently grouted, allowing for the start of the mesh netting to be placed. Supply chain issues of obtaining drill bits for the company built “Wagon Drills” delayed initial progress. Plum Contracting, GSI and PennDOT are partnering to increase efficiency, work additional hours when necessary and use innovative tools to get the project completed. Repairs will be addressed to any damaged roadway.

A marked detour is in place using Route 201, Route 51, and Interstate 70.

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Media contact: Jay Ofsanik, 724-439-7135