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June 18, 2013

Menoher project will create long detour

JOHNSTOWN — A well-traveled section of road connecting the city to Westmont will be closed for up to four months to correct frequent rock slide issues on the hillside above.

Work won’t begin on the Menoher Boulevard slide repair project until Tuesday, after Thunder in the Valley has ended. But the work will bring a multimile detour using Route 403 and Franklin Street in Johnstown as well as Goucher to access upper areas of Menoher, PennDOT officials said Tuesday.

The work is currently slated to be complete by mid-October, PennDOT spokeswoman Tara Callahan-Henry said.

 Plans show portions of Menoher in Kernville will remain open to local traffic, but the road closure will shut both lanes of the road in Southmont.

The busy area of Route 271 has been closed or partially closed many times over the years due to rock slides, and the latest effort to address the problem is part of a larger $5.4 million

Route 271 project that is also addressing a slide in Parkhill, PennDOT said.

Tarentum-based contractor Joseph B. Fay, Co. will remove the existing wire mesh covering, vegetation and loose rock from the hillside above and add a new mesh treatment as well as a rock barrier fence, Callahan-Henry said.

The road’s Barnett Street intersection also will be reconfigured, with milling and a new blacktop overlay added, she said.

Traffic signal upgrades are also planned. One will occur at South Street’s Route 271 intersection and the other at South Street’s Route 403 intersection.


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