Work along Rt. 59 on slides resumes

Work to repair an earth slide and prevent future slides along a portion of Route 59 resumed Monday.

Jarrod Tezik, an employee of Swank Construction of New Kensington, Pa., said, “We are starting our drainage work, then the wall. There are just six workers because there is no room to spread out.”

The project will include construction of a 160-foot-long retaining wall and construction of a 135-foot-long geosynthetic slope wall approximately 1.8 miles east of the intersection with Route 6.

The 1,200-foot-long project area will include roadway replacement, improved drainage, paved road shoulders, updated guiderails and pavement markers.

Traffic will be maintained during construction, but will be restricted to a single lane. Initially, traffic will be controlled by flaggers, then temporary traffic signals will be used as work progresses.

Long-term lane restrictions are expected to be lifted and two-way traffic restored by Aug. 28. All work is scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2014.

The $1,030,767 project will be paid entirely with federal funds.