PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A landslide sent rocks and debris tumbling onto Freeport Road in O’Hara Township twice on Thursday afternoon.
The second slide was reported around 3 p.m., but it was the first one earlier in the day in the exact same spot that sent a boulder crashing onto the roadway.
The boulder came down at about 11 a.m., blocking the inbound lanes between Powers Run and the Harmar Township line.
It took PennDOT about an hour to clear it out. After a visual inspection of the hillside, they decided it was safe to keep the road open.
“They do examine, do visual examinations all the time on various sections of roadways that are prone to slide,” said PennDOT’s Steve Cowan. “However, it’s impossible to say where a rockslide is going to occur or where it’s going to occur.”
Crews are now going to do a more thorough inspection to find out just how stable the hillside is.
“Our geotechnical engineers are going to go out and examine the hillside to see if there’s the potential for more slides,” said Cowan.
PennDOT admits, it’s highly unusual for a rockslide to take place in the same place, twice in one day.
There were no reports of injuries.
But traffic on Freeport Road had to be restricted down to a single lane in both directions after the second slide.
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