Hulton Road in Penn Hills to remain closed into January
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 6:44 PM
A portion of Hulton Road in Penn Hills, closed since July due to landslide damage, will continue to be closed into next year, Penn Hills announced Dec. 11.
The municipality, via its Savvy Citizen app, notified residents that Hulton Road suffered another landslide, causing more work for crews and delaying the road’s reopening sometime in January 2020. The mobile app is designed to allow governments to communicate with residents.
“PennDOT has located an additional landslide that started approximately 1,000 feet from the original slide on Hulton Road,” the announcement said. “It has been determined that it is in the best interest of the public to keep the road closed and complete this additional repair as quickly as possible.”
The announcement said the additional work will not cause more traffic restrictions.
A PennDOT representative was not immediately available to comment.
A landslide damaged the road in February 2018, when it was restricted to one lane of traffic. Repair work began July 1, which closed the road between Iowa Street and Michael Drive.
The $3.4 million project is being completed by Charles J. Merlo Inc. of Mineral Point, Pa. It has been dubbed the Hulton Road Slope Stability Project and includes 700 feet of reconstruction on the road and shoulder along the embankment and the installation of a retaining wall.
Other work on the road includes paving, drainage improvements, guide rail updates, pavement markings and other miscellaneous construction.
PennDOT said in November the road could reopen by Thanksgiving or possibly December but that was before the additional landslide was discovered.