Route 30 Work Plows Ahead

3,000 Loads of Rock Needed to Support Highway

Joe DeStio
May 21, 2018 - 4:30 pm

EAST PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – PennDOT is sticking to its original goal of having a section of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh reopened by the end of June. The highway gave way in a landslide in April. PennDOT District Executive Cheryl Moon-Siriani lead reporters on a tour Monday.

“We’re very hopeful its done by the end of June, that’s our best guess,” said Moon-Siriani. “I’m not guaranteeing that. That is if everything goes as planned and we don’t have any more monsoons or other problems out here.”

Golden Triangle Construction won the $6.5 million contract. Company COO Chuck Niederriter says the wet weather hasn’t slowed them much. He has employees on the project 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Thirty-one of 42-20 foot holes for beams that will hold up an 18 foot retaining wall have been drilled. He says the steel beams came back in record time.

“They went from Ellwood City to Columbus, Ohio to get galvanized and they did like a 2-day turnaround. So that’s why we’ve been able to get a quick turnaround on the beams,” according to Niederriter. “This isn’t normal. Everybody broke their backs to get this thing done.”

He says Hall Industries in Ellwood City shut down all other production to get 38 beams built.

Thirty one former residents of that block of Electric Avenue beneath the slide remain out of their homes. Moon-Siriani says the state and federal governments are still deciding how they will split the total cost of the project expected to be in the ten to eleven million dollar range.