Pearce Mill Road lane closed in Pine

Alternating traffic using a lane of road in Pine after erosion

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Pine officials are worried about a section of Pearce Mill Road that is eroding.

"It's breaking away. That southbound lane is just about gone," T. Robert Amann, chief of the Northern Regional Police Department, told supervisors Monday.

Township manager Cheryl Fischer said the erosion, near the road's intersection with Route 910, happened within the last week. She said the state Department of Transportation was aware of the problem.

"[The erosion] is relatively new, but [the road is] falling apart quickly," she added.

Chief Amann said he was worried about police response time for the southern end of the township and Richland if that section of Pearce Mill were closed. The department covers Pine, Richland, Marshall and Bradford Woods.

Jim Struzzi, spokesman for PennDOT District 11, said in a telephone interview that the southbound lane of Pearce Mill was closed, and that traffic was alternating use of the northbound lane.

"There was an existing landslide there that we believe became exacerbated by the heavy rains this spring. We are still investigating to find the cause of where the landslide was and where it originated, the extent of the landslide and what repairs will be necessary to reopen the roadway."

Graham Road, which connects Pearce Mill and Wallace roads, has been closed for more than a year as PennDOT works on the turnpike bridge above the road. Graham Road will be closed for at least another year and a half, he said.

When Graham Road reopens, Warrendale Road will be closed in Pine so the state can work on another turnpike bridge, Ms. Fischer said. Warrendale Road connects Wallace Road with Route 19 in Marshall.

Lane restrictions on Route 19 started Monday in the Wexford Flats area of Pine and McCandless, and work is also being done on Interstate 79, he said. Both resulted in traffic jams Monday, Chief Amann added.

Ms. Fischer said Pearce Mill was a good alternative route for residents to avoid the construction zones because it runs north-south, as do Route 19 and the interstate.

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: .


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