PennDOT to repay drivers by repaving major roads

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has begun repaying drivers -- with fresh asphalt -- for the additional gasoline taxes they are facing this year.

Repaving projects funded by the state's new transportation law began Monday in White Oak and North Versailles.

"The resurfacing of these roadways is just the beginning of much-needed improvements that our district will deliver," District 11 Executive Dan Cessna said.

The work is occurring on Pennsylvania Avenue between State Street and Fifth Avenue in White Oak; McKeesport Boulevard between Westinghouse Avenue and Port Perry Road in North Versailles; and Westinghouse Avenue between McKeesport Boulevard and Route 148 in North Versailles.

Alternating one-way traffic patterns will be in effect from 8 a.m. weekdays until the afternoon rush hour, and again overnight starting at 6 p.m. and concluding by 6 a.m. daily, through December.

PennDOT plans to pave 138.6 miles of state roads in Allegheny County this year, compared with 73 miles last year.

Other pavement projects funded by Act 89, the new state transportation funding law that raised the wholesale gasoline tax by 9.5 cents this year, are:

* Greentree Road from Cochran Road in Scott to McKinney Lane in Green Tree;

* Allegheny River Boulevard from Washington Boulevard in Lincoln-Lemington to Sandy Creek Road in Penn Hills;

* Penn Avenue/Butler Street from 31st to 51st streets in Lawrenceville;

* Freeport Road from Bonnieview Drive to Butler County line in Harrison;

* 10th Avenue from Lock Street in Tarentum to Sycamore Lane in Brackenridge.

*Freeport Road from Blawnox to Powers Run Road in O'Hara;

* Burchfield Road from Route 8 to the Stone Arch Bridge in Shaler;

* Route 30 from the Beaver County line to Burgettstown Road in Findlay;

* Chartiers Avenue/Island Avenue (Route 51) from West Carson Street in Esplen to the Fleming Street Bridge in Stowe;

* Weyman Road from Baptist Road to Provost Road in Whitehall.

* Gibsonia Road (Route 910) from Hardt Road in Richland to a branch of North Fork Creek in Pine and from Route 8 in Richland to Christonia Road in West Deer;

* Hardt Road from Wildwood Road in Hampton to Gibsonia Road in Richland;

* Ingomar Road from Kummer Road to Babcock Boulevard in McCandless.

Other traffic restrictions that took effect Monday included an alternating one-way pattern on Route 837 between North Second Street and Hoffman Boulevard in Duquesne and West Mifflin, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through June 4 during a bridge inspection; and single-lane traffic on Route 65 in Ben Avon, between Dickinson Street and Laurel Avenue, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Thursday, also for a bridge inspection.

Meanwhile, PennDOT has announced the first of two full weekend closures at the Squirrel Hill Tunnels. The inbound tunnel will be closed from 9 p.m. May 30 until 5 a.m. June 2.

Jon Schmitz: or 412-263-1868. Visit the PG's transportation blog, The Roundabout, at Twitter: @pgtraffic. First Published May 19, 2014 7:22 AM

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