The Department of Public Works announced today that the two northbound (uphill) lanes on Springhill Road will close between North Canal Street and McWilliams Drive in Harrison Township starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021. The two southbound (downhill) lanes will be used to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction.
The closure, which is expected to end in August 2021, is required for construction of a 10-foot wide shared-use path on the northbound side of the road. The restriction also is needed for installation of new curb, ADA-compliant ramps, inlets, delineator posts, pavement markings, and signage.
After the lane closures end, crews will mill and pave part of the roadway. That work will require short stoppages in work zones, and flaggers will be used to control traffic.
When the project is complete, the roadway will no longer have four lanes of traffic with two lanes in each direction. Instead, it will have the following configuration:
- Between North Canal Street and Karns Road, the roadway will be divided into two 12-foot lanes – one for northbound traffic and other for southbound traffic. In this section, the shared‑use path will be level with the roadway and separated from vehicle traffic by a 5-foot buffer area.
- Between Karns Road and McWilliams Road, the roadway will have two lanes for northbound traffic. One of them will be 12 feet wide and the other, a truck-climbing lane, will be 11 feet wide. There also will be a 12-foot lane for southbound traffic. In this section, the shared-use path will be elevated and separated from vehicle traffic by a small buffer area and curb.
The project will enhance pedestrian and cycling connectivity between Natrona, Alsco Community Park, and the neighborhoods and businesses along Freeport Road in Natrona Heights. It also is part of a master plan to expand the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system.
The work is being done by A. Folino Construction, Inc., of Oakmont. The $698,698 cost of construction is being funded by the federal Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Program. The funding was awarded by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) and is being overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).