Logans Ferry Road in Plum may reopen to traffic sooner than expected, a PennDOT spokesperson said Monday.
The busy road between Entrance Drive and Columbia Road near New Kensington has been closed since August 2 as a contractor works to repair a landslide.
The closure has forced the more than 11,000 vehicles that travel the half-mile section of Logans Ferry Road each day to find alternative ways to get around, including an 8-mile detour for cars.
As part of the detour, a temporary traffic light is being installed on Greensburg Road at Old Leechburg Road.
The road’s original reopening date was mid-October, PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said.
The road may reopen by the end of September, “if the contractor continues to make good progress, the weather cooperates and no unexpected issues arise,” Cowan said.
Cowan said the contractor, Plum Contracting, has completed the work, including excavating the road to stable ground, propping up the hillside and placing geotextile and rock.
“They completely dug out about 100 feet of Logans Ferry Road and rebuilt the area that was unstable,” he said. “They also did shoulder and base repairs between Columbia Road and Entrance Drive.”
The remaining work to be done this week and next week includes repairing the shoulder and base and improving the drainage.
The contractor plans to place the road’s sub-base during the week of Sept. 12, Cowan said. They then had to pave the road, paint the lines and install guardrails.
“They’re going to pave about 200 feet of roadway in total,” Cowan said.
Plum Police Chief Larry Conley said his department had its ups and downs with the diversion.
“We had a lot of speed complaints,” he said. “It was a challenge. Nothing is going as well as it should. I think it got better over time. »
In response, Conley said his department had additional officers and details in the area and set up its speed trailer and billboards. A sign was recently placed on Old Leechburg Road between Sardis and Greensburg Roads.
Conley said drivers also complained about the stop light on Old Leechburg and Greensburg roads. But with the increase in traffic, the signal is needed so that traffic on Old Leechburg can exit onto Greensburg Road safely, he said.
“There’s really nothing else they could put in there,” Conley said. “It’s a temporary solution.”