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Brownsville closed for utility work

 

The 100-200 blocks of Brownsville Road are closed for up to two months for replacement of gas and water lines.

A portion of Brownsville Road -- from Bausman Street to Arlington Avenue -- in Mt. Oliver closed for utility work beginning Monday, March 14, at 5 a.m.

The work is being performed by Pennsylvania American Water and Columbia Gas in order to replace utility lines and switch over services.

Columbia Gas work includes replacing 1,904 feet of aging bare steel pipe with 2,879 feet of four-inch and eight-inch plastic pipe. Columbia Gas may also replace customer-owner service lines and relocate indoor meters. Customers may experience a service interruption of two to four hours during the new service line installation.

In addition, Pennsylvania American Water is replacing 2,860 feet of four-inch and eight-inch pipe with a new 12-inch ductile iron main.

The water lines being replaced were installed in the 1880s.

The larger diameter main will improve water service reliability and increase water flows for households and fire protection. PA American will also be replacing eight fire hydrants as part of the project.

Brownsville Road will be repaved, curb to curb, after the line replacement work is completed. The two utility companies will split the cost.

There may be some temporary road restoration in areas with cold patch until the weather breaks and they are able to permanently pave the road.

The utility companies plan to work Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays in the warmer weather months. Pedestrians will have access to all buildings and businesses along Brownsville Road.

In addition, utilizing a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and revenues from the utility companies for service cuts, the Borough of Mount Oliver will upgrade the existing sidewalks with new exposed aggregate concrete sidewalks. The new sidewalks will be installed from Arlington Avenue to Bausman Street.

Borough officials are working with the City of Pittsburgh on applying for grants to replace the sidewalks from Bausman to Suncrest Street. In the meantime, the utility companies will repair the sidewalks in-kind in the 300-500 blocks.

The companies will make accommodations for emergency vehicles, but there will be no on-street parking on Brownsville during the construction.

Detours during construction are:

Inbound (north) detour utilizing Amanda Avenue, turn right onto Arlington Avenue, and left onto Brownsville Road.

Outbound (south) detour utilizing Arlington Avenue, turn left onto Knox Avenue, left onto Bausman Street, then right onto Brownsville Road.

Most Port Authority buses will follow these detours and new bus stop locations will be marked by the Port Authority of Allegheny County in advance of the rerouting.

 

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