Improvements to the intersection of Boyce and Mayview roads in South Fayette are being planned for the 2018 construction season.
To hear from those who will be affected by the work, the state Department of Transportation held a public meeting Oct. 21 on the $2 million project, which is fully funded.
The original plans call for keeping at least one lane open on Boyce Road during construction while closing Mayview Road completely during the first phase of work.
Although nothing has been determined yet, after speaking with affected parties, PennDOT is now contemplating keeping Mayview open in some capacity, if possible.
During the second phase of construction, Mayview would be open north of Boyce Road. Plans to move a small bridge and reroute a Chartiers Creek tributary would require the southern portion of Mayview Road remain inaccessible through the second phase.
The planned work includes adding left-turn lanes on Boyce and a right-turn lane onto Boyce from Mayview. Shoulders are to be widened to 5 feet, with the shoulder on Boyce widened to 6 feet to provide more space for tractor-trailers to make right turns from Boyce when headed south on Mayview.
“This will really help trucks when making the turn,” PennDOT executive Cheryl Moon-Sirianni said.
Mayview Road also is to be widened north of Boyce, but no turning lanes are currently planned.
If a traffic impact study concludes that additional traffic generated by the future Hastings development will need to be accommodated, further improvements may have to be made by Charter Homes and Neighborhoods, the Lancaster-based developer of Hastings.
“Those improvements would be the responsibility of the developer,” said Sean Henderson, project manager and engineering consultant with TRC Companies Inc.
“There is a slight chance the project will be extended into 2019,” he said. That would depend on factors such as the amount of time the utility companies need to relocate lines.
Resident Keith Dernosek asked if the improvements would eliminate flooding.
Mrs. Moon-Sirianni said the goal is to minimize flooding risk. “We can’t guarantee this will stop it,” she said.
Mr. Dernosek, assistant chief for Fairview Fire Department, discussed emergency vehicle access with PennDOT officials.
“With the support of mutual aid fire companies, they can be first on scene, and we can back them up,” he said later. “I am not worried about response time.”
Detours using state routes will be posted. “We are only allowed to use state routes when planning detours,” Mrs. Moon-Sirianni said. One alternative route will use Morganza Road and Washington Pike.
South Fayette Commissioner Gwen Rodi said, “It is not adding to the traffic [on Washington Pike], it is just rerouting traffic that already uses the road.”
Karen Shoenberger, who lives on Mayview, said, “Progress should not be something we should be unhappy about. I am not unhappy about this.”
Correction: This version corrects details about turning lanes planned at Boyce and Mayview roads.
Amy Philips-Haller, freelance writer: email@example.com.