Slide Causing Bunola River Rd. To Buckle, Collapse

FORWARD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — PennDOT officials are evaluating a slide that is causing a road to buckle and collapse in Forward Township.

According to township police, the slide began last week along Bunola River Road, near River Hill Road.

bunola river road 3 Slide Causing Bunola River Rd. To Buckle, Collapse

(Source: Forward Township Police)

Part of the hillside is sliding, and causing significant damage to the road.

Engineers with PennDOT are evaluating the situation to determine how to best repair the roadway. They have closed the roadway between Elkhorn Road and River Hill Road and traffic is being detoured.

“Some time over the weekend, the whole thing went,” PennDOT Geotechnical Engineer Jonathan Moses said. “The other lane is stable for now, but it’s only an amount of time before it starts eating into the other lane.”

People who live in the area are concerned.

“It’s going to be very dangerous, ’cause all we got is Camp Hollow and now the water trucks are going to be running up there and we got the chemical plant and I don’t see how those tanker are going to come down without causing accident,” one resident said.

bunola river road 2 Slide Causing Bunola River Rd. To Buckle, Collapse

(Source: Forward Township Police)

The road will remain closed until further notice.

Here are PennDOT’s posted detours to get around the area:

Westbound
• From Bunola River Road, turn right onto River Hill Road (Route 2007) • Turn left onto Raccoon Run Road (Route 2005) • Follow Raccoon Run Road back to Bunola River Road • End detour

Eastbound
• Same detour in opposite direction

Stay with KDKA for John Shumway’s full report on this developing story at 5 p.m. & 6 p.m.

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