MOUNT WASHINGTON (KDKA) – A Mount Washington landslide is having an impact on the morning commute.
According to officials at the scene, all lanes of Woodruff Street are blocked between Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Merrimac Street.
Initial reports indicated a tree and some wires were down in that area as well.
Fortunately, the landslide is not impacting Route 51.
“It’s Pittsburgh, it’s that time of year, right after winter, we tend to get a lot of landslides,” Pittsburgh Public Works Director Mike Gable said. “We have had a lot of rain and the hillsides are holding a lot of water.”
Gable said crews worked cautiously to remove the debris, after consulting with experts on a plan of action.
“There is some more soils up above it, that we believe are going to come down, that’s why we’re going to put some barricades up to prevent that from coming further onto the road,” Gable said. “We had some trees come down and we didn’t want them to do too much work because we didn’t want to make the situation worse.”
The plan is to get the road open as soon as possible.
“We’re going to get the road open, we are going to barricade the curb lane so we can get traffic up and down Woodruff,” Gable said.
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