Route 519 work to cost $3M
While drivers’ foremost concerns have centered on road conditions during wintry weather, the traffic engineers at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation look further into the future.
One of the projects expected to go out for bid this year is a concept new to the area, a double roundabout for Route 519 at Brownlee and Thomas-Eighty Four roads. The intersection has seen 19 crashes in a five-year period.
James Sisul, project manager at the District 12 office in Uniontown, said, “We anticipate letting it for construction toward the end of 2013. Construction would begin in spring of 2014 and finish in the fall of 2014.
“There may be others throughout the state or throughout the country, but in our particular district, we do not have any double roundabouts at this time.”
There will be no traffic lights, but when a driver enters the roundabout, he or she would face a yield sign.
The relatively level terrain lends itself to the double roundabout, and Sisul said PennDOT is in the process of securing rights of way for the project, which is estimated to cost between $3 million and $5 million.
Once construction begins, “There may be some short-term detours,” Sisul said. “At this time, we wouldn’t anticipate detouring Route 519.”
A connector road, Route 519 currently has a nearly 90-degree-angle turn, and Brownlee and Thomas-Eighty Four roads intersect in such a way that the three roughly form the shape of an X.
Route 519 carries about 12,000 vehicles per day. In addition to a path for local traffic, it serves as a Washington bypass between Interstates 70 and 79 and Route 19 north and east of the city.
A single roundabout would not provide enough capacity for the traffic, according to PennDOT District 12, which includes Washington. Greene, Fayette and Westmoreland counties.
Route 519 work to cost $3M
- Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
- Any poster that insults,threatens or verbally abuses or another member,uses defamatory language,or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
- Users who violate the Terms of service or any commenting rules will be banned
- Please stay on topic."Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted
- To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of service
- To report breaches of the Terms of service use the report abuse button
There Are Comments.
PIAA win cures ailing CV Colts (71)
St. Clair Hospital named in Top 10 in nationwide hospitals (34)
Colella appointed to fill vacant BP council seat (32)
Ward Home fundraiser (31)
St. Clair Hospital named in Top 10 in nationwide hospitals (175)
PIAA win cures ailing CV Colts (48)
Ward Home fundraiser (25)
Bower Hill organizes food drive to honor Roberto Clemente (23)
Ballroom dancing not the answer (1)
PSU students still battle shadow of Sandusky’s actions (1)
Colella appointed to fill vacant BP council seat (1)