PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Munhall Police blocked off a stretch of Homestead-Duquesne Road, while a construction crew installed a 12-inch water main.
“The road is real narrow and the police just thought it would be safer for everybody to close it down,” said Frank Hainaut with Casper Colosimo & Son, Inc.
It will take workers about another week to finish installing the line.
But even when the water work is finished and all of the equipment is moved out, don’t expect the road to reopen.
Soon Allegheny County will kick off a project in the same exact area.
Crews will be building a retaining wall extension where the street is crumbling.
Neighbors, like Albert Howell who has lived along Homestead-duquesne Road for 50 years, say it’s about time something is done.
“I’m glad they are going to get it fixed before somebody gets killed because we get them bad storms and that keeps washing out and it’s a big culvert down there with a long drop,” Howell said.
Howell says a chunk of road collapsed over the hillside about four years ago and has been a danger ever since.
“If you go over that hill in a car, you’re not coming back up,” he said.
While the county stabilizes the slope, drivers will have to deal with a 2-mile detour.
Crews were out this morning, placing signs along the route.
The project is expected to wrap up in early December.