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Northbound Lane Of Route 65 Open After Landslide In Glenfield

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GLENFIELD BOROUGH (KDKA) – One northbound lane is open on Route 65 following a landslide in Glenfield Borough Wednesday morning.

The landslide happened shortly before 3 a.m.

While rocks spilled only slightly onto the northbound lanes, the concern was more about what else may come down.

“There are no damages to vehicles that I’m aware of, or injuries of that sort. It’s my understanding that someone came along, saw the rocks and notified authorities, who then in turn notified us and we closed the road,” PennDOT Spokesman Jim Struzzi said.

Morning commuters were detoured with no real issues to report. By 10 a.m., PennDOT crews were already cleaning debris.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Route 65 has been closed because of landslides and officials say it may not be the last.

All the rain we’ve been getting has absorbed into all cracks and crevices of the hillside, which is causing the landslides.

“The soils are very loose and saturated from all the rain we had this spring and the rocks are simply giving way,” Struzzi said.

It’s not just that particular area area dealing with unstable grounds.

PennDOT officials said between Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties there are between 20 and 30 active slides.

Crews are hoping to have at least one lane open through the area for the afternoon commute.

The southbound lanes of Route 65 are open.

Last month, a rockslide closed the northbound lanes in the same area.

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