Look for more Margiotti detours next summer

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Margiotti Bridge — and those who travel it — will again see maintenance by PennDOT crews this coming summer.

PennDOT District 10 has scheduled rehabilitation for the bridge during the upcoming summer driving season, said Borough Manager Ben White, during Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting.

White said PennDOT has scheduled the bridge construction for next summer with a detour for northbound traffic to travel down Indiana Hill; southbound traffic reduced to one lane of the bridge; and pedestrian traffic being maintained.

The plan does not call for the use of any temporary traffic signals, probably because of the five points intersection, he said.

Committee Chairman Roger Steele said PennDOT’s plan for the detour is backwards: Northbound traffic should be maintained on the bridge, while southbound traffic should be detoured through downtown and up Indiana Hill, he said.

That would be safer than having large trucks attempting to drive down Indiana Hill, which could cause another accident similar to a recent crash along the hill.

An exact date for construction is yet to be determined.

In other business:
• Steele said the Sawmill Run Bridge replacement project is still in the design phase, with property acquisition as a possibility on both sides of West Mahoning Street in the PennDOT right-of-way.

White said the project is not scheduled at this time, but could occur in 2013.

According to the PennDOT District 10 Web site, the Route 310 left turn lane project and bridge replacement project are also scheduled for next summer.

• Steele said council should have the downtown traffic signal project inspected when it nears completion, because he feels the curb ramps may not be the proper height because of the use of cold patch.

White said that will all be done when Mahoning Street is paved, once the signal project is completed in the spring.

• Steele said leaf collection is complete, and that any residents who have leaves that must be picked up should purchase the brown bio-degradable bags for removal.

Steele said Tuesday was his last Public Works meeting, and he appreciated the work done by Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman, and his crew during his tenure.