Boulder removal along Route 28 to start Friday

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Crews will start work on Friday to remove a 3,000- to 4,000-pound boulder that tumbled into a protective fence along Route 28 in Sharpsburg.

The fence kept the boulder from tumbling onto the inbound side of the road just ahead of the off-ramp to northbound Route 8, PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said. The boulder came to rest against the fence and atop a concrete barrier, causing a section of fence to bulge outward. The fence, with reinforcing cables and interwoven steel rings, might have been weakened but still has capacity to contain additional material if it falls, he said.

Crews will work around the clock to remove the boulder and other debris and repair the fence, with a goal of completing the work by Monday morning. The off-ramp to Route 8 is expected to stay open with the work area coned off, Mr. Cowan said.

The work is scheduled to start tomorrow at 10 a.m. and crews will work continuously through Monday at 7 a.m., Mr. Cowan said.

Jon Schmitz: or 412-263-1868. First Published January 16, 2014 9:49 AM

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