First Posted: 6/3/2014
LARKSVILLE — A stone arch on Mountain Road is more than 100 years old will be replaced starting June 16, causing the road to be closed to through traffic until Aug. 21.
American Asphalt, Shavertown, has the contract for the work at a cost of $418,383.
According to Mike Taluto, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the old stone arch over Brown’s Creek was deemed unsafe and will be replaced with a reinforced pre-cast concrete box culvert. Additionally, about 600 feet of roadway will be resurfaced.
Taluto said Mountain Road, listed as State Route 1001, will remain open to James Tabit & Sons scrapyard. The construction work begins just after the entrance to Tabit’s.
He said residents who live on Mountain Road will have access to their homes throughout the project, but through traffic will not be allowed. Detours are to be in place, Taluto said.
Coming from the Back Mountain area, the road will be open to Wilson Street/Mountain Road, allowing access to St. Vincent’s Cemetery.
Taluto said some work may take until October to complete.
“We waited until school was out to begin the project,” he said. “We anticipate everything being done on time.”
Taluto said the project includes construction of a concrete box culvert, new roadway approaches using bituminous pavement, new guide rail, drainage, pavement markings and other related construction.
Tom Opeka of American Asphalt said he feels certain the project will be finished by Aug. 21. He said he wants to assure residents and local travelers that inconveniences will be kept to a minimum.
Coming down Mountain Road, vehicles will be diverted to the section of Larksville Mountain Road that becomes Wilson Street.