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Second Avenue Fatal Crash Prompts Changes

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Nearly a year to the day after a fatal crash on Second Avenue, changes have been made to the road.

Late last October, 43-year-old Theresa Anderson of Glassport was killed while driving around the curve underneath the Hot Metal Bridge.

There was a chain reaction accident in that curve because the road was too narrow.

Several cars were involved in the accident and Anderson was killed.

The stretch of road was confusing to drivers because of how it was marked or not marked.

After the crash, there was a lot of finger pointing as to who owned the road and who should make the changes.

The dangerous stretch was being utilized as a four-lane road when it did not have the space to be used that way.

But with the lack of lines being painted on the road, drivers gave themselves two outbound lanes and two inbound lanes.

The City of Pittsburgh has now stepped up and made the necessary changes to the road, including repaving it and repainting the lines.

After it was paved, the City of Pittsburgh studied the traffic patterns and found ways to solve some of the issues.

Traffic heading out of town uses two lanes, but inbound it is only a single lane.

From the Parkway on into the outbound tunnel, it’s only one lane out and one lane in because there simply is not the space to create two lanes.

Now everything that is marked makes it legal for everyone and the lanes outbound instead of being squeezed are actually wider.

There is a 12-foot legal driving lane on the outbound.

It should be safer all the way around, but drivers are still in the process of getting used to it.

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