Monday, December 3, 2012
Rep. Mike Turzai, township officials from Pine and McCandless, PennDOT officials and more join governor for ceremony.
With busy Route 19 as the backdrop, Gov. Tom Corbett joined with a host of officials Monday to cut a ribbon to celebrate the expansion and improvements to the Wexford Flats section of the road in Pine and McCandless. At the ceremony in Wexford Plaza, Corbett used the opportunity to talk about transportation's role in the regrowth of southwestern Pennsylvania. "Southwestern Pennsylvania is at a critical juncture in its economic history," the governor said. "We are sitting in the middle of the largest economic boom in more than 150 years. We hope to become the location of the first ethane processing plant ever built in the northeast United States and this is all developing alongside a growing bio-medical and high technology sector that could…
Saturday, November 3, 2012
After years of traffic congestion—first from a too-narrow road and then from construction—Route 19 is close to completion.
UPDATE: The opening of all five lanes in the Wexford Flats area of Route 19 has been delayed ... but only by one day. PennDOT announced the delay because of expected cold temperatures tonight (Monday) that will not allow pavement markings to be placed. Here is the original story, with changed dates in bold face: Nearly two years after construction started on the Wexford Flats section of Route 19, the end is in sight. The newly constructed five-lane configuration of the road also known as Perry Highway will open to traffic on Wednesday (originally it was Tuesday) weather permitting, PennDOT District 11 announced. Work to remove long-term traffic restrictions and apply final lane and pavement markings will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday (…
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Crews are working on the area at the North Chapel Drive intersection in Pine Township.
Driving up North Chapel Drive to the traffic signal at the Route 19 intersection, I glanced to my right and exclaimed: Holey Moley! There—with orange-and-white cautionary signs around it—was one deep hole! Being a Patch editor, I just had to get a photo to post to show everyone else. So I pulled into the Aldi parking lot, climbed up the steep—but (mercifully) short—hill to the area that parallels Route 19 and started snapping photos. I do not, by the way, recommend doing this. I stayed a healthy distance away from the traffic zooming by on Route 19 (Perry Highway) as I took photos. Then I slipped back down the parking lot hillside, shoes covered in mud. As I glanced into the hole I initially spotted, I realized there is a nearly identical …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Traffic will be reduced to single lanes in each direction.
Be careful when you plan your travel on Route 19 in the Wexford Flats area of Pine Township this week. Roadwork to apply the final riding surface will be happening from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., Tuesday through Friday, as long as the weather permits, according to PennDOT District 11. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction. Vehicles will be shifted onto the northbound lanes between North Meadows Drive and Longvue Avenue, PennDOT stated in an announcement. Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns. Access will be provided for all businesses along Route 19 in the construction zone. Crews will be applying the final riding surface in this area, which is Phase I of the overall $18.1 million project to improve 2.33 …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Traffic will shift to new southbound lanes.
There's good news and bad news for motorists traveling the congested Route 19 area known as Wexford Flats in Pine Township. Work to widen and improve northbound Route 19 / Perry Highway in the Wexford Flats area of Pine Township begins Tuesday, weather permitting, according to PennDOT District 11. Good news: The traffic-snarling roadwork on southbound Route 19 in Pine Township is coming to an end. Crews have completed work between Wallace Road and Brooktree Road. Bad news: Construction—which is bound to tie up traffic—moves to the other side of Route 19 now. Traffic will shift to the west side of the road. One 10-foot-wide lane will be maintained in each direction with a center turn lane on the new southbound lanes. This traffic pattern …
Monday, March 19, 2012
PennDOT expects road work to be complete by late 2012.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Get ready for more orange cones—and traffic. PennDOT District 11 will begin the second phase of its $18.1 million project to widen and improve Route 19 in the Wexford Flats area of Pine Township Tuesday, weather permitting. The second phase includes widening Route 19 between Wallace Road and Brooktree Road. Initial work will improve the southbound lanes. The work will cause traffic to be shifted to the east side of the road. One 10-foot-wide lane will be maintained in each direction and will include a center turn lane. Work to complete the shift will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Traffic will remain in this pattern through early summer, PennDOT said in a statement. Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns. PennDOT advises …
Monday, January 23, 2012
PennDOT originally was slated to start work last week.
Monday, January 23, 2012
PennDOT has again postponed roadwork in the Wexford Flats area of Pine Township because of inclement weather. The right lane on southbound Route 19 now will be closed long-term beginning Tuesday, that is if weather permits it. Originally the work was scheduled to begin last Monday but was postponed several times due to weather. PennDOT today annouced the construction would be put off until noon on Tuesday. Crews will be installing drainage and constructing a retaining wall along southbound Route 19 between North Chapel/Manor Road and Brown Road. The restriction will continue around the clock through late March. Southbound traffic in the right travel lane approaching the North Chapel/Manor Road intersection will be required to turn right. …
Monday, January 16, 2012
The roadwork now is scheduled to begin on Monday.
Monday, January 16, 2012
PennDOT has again postponed roadwork in the Wexford Flats area of Pine Township because of inclement weather. The right lane on southbound Route 19 now will be closed long-term beginning Monday, weather permitting. Originally the work was scheduled to begin Tuesday but was postponed until Thursday due to weather. PennDOT today annouced the construction would be put off until 9 a.m. on Monday. Crews will be installing drainage and constructing a retaining wall along southbound Route 19 between North Chapel/Manor Road and Brown Road. The restriction will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and continue around the clock through late March. Southbound traffic in the right travel lane approaching the North Chapel/Manor Road intersection will be required …
Saturday, March 19, 2011
No weekend restrictions are planned for Warrendale-Bayne Road.
If you plan to travel I-79 this weekend, listen up. Earlier this week, we reported that traffic on I-79 will be funneled down to one lane in Marshall Township, in the area of the bridges over Mingo Road. (Click here for that story.) That restriction began at midnight Friday instead of 7 a.m. today, according to PennDOT. The good news is that no restrictions will occur this weekend on Warrendale-Bayne Road, PennDOT said. The single-lane restriction will occur in both directions on I-79 between Exits 73 and 75 in Marshall Township, according to PennDOT Press Officer James B. Struzzi II. Crews will be installing a temporary concrete barrier as part of a $10 million project for improvements on northbound and southbound bridges over Mingo Road…
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Construction to widen the road begins Thursday.
Commuters beware, the congested Route 19 corridor in the Wexford Flats area of Pine and McCandless townships will be taken down to single lanes each way with a shared center lane for turns starting Thursday night, PennDOT announced. The long-term change is part of the $18.1 million Wexford Flats Improvement Project that will widen Route 19/Perry Highway, said James B. Struzzi II, press officer for PennDOT. The improvements affect 2.33 miles of Route 19 from about 300 feet north of Longvue Road, near the top of Pine Creek Hill, to just north of North Chapel/Manor Road, Struzzi said in a press release. Crews have been working since late January on clearing areas along the road and relocating utilities to prepare for road construction, …