MT. WASHINGTON (KDKA) – It started in the dead of winter with a moderate rock slide. Now, $1 million later, the solution is a massive cement structure that has led to the reopening of the McArdle Roadway.
After three months of big rocks and road blocks, City Public Works removed the barriers obstructing McArdle Roadway, creating much rejoicing.
“Oh it’s been terrible,” one man said. “But now it’s going to be great. Many people are going to be happy around here.”
It was early in January when 100 tons of Mt. Washington came falling down, closing the heavily traveled route. The cleanup turned into a major operation and a bigger repair than expected.
“You have no idea. This has been a huge inconvenience, both to the businesses as well as to the residences,” one woman said.
“I’ve already seen a huge difference in the traffic patterns,” one commuter said.
But all is not well on Mt. Washington. A section of Wyoming near Sycamore let go near the Incline. The road has been closed since November.
According to Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kazoroski, that project is set to start late this month, will take six to eight weeks to complete and will cost about half a million dollars. Only then will traffic be allowed on that part of Sycamore and Wyoming.
After that, it’s a matter of waiting for the next inevitable landslide.