Thursday, September 21, 2006

Wal-Mart Beats Route 65 In A Landslide!

Scott's Spot previously reported on an April incident in which some overzealous blasting resulted in a rockslide that partially covered Route 65 in the area of the new River Pointe Plaza, a 207-acre development to be anchored by a Wal-Mart on the site of the former Dixmont State Hospital. That rockslide caused Route 65 to be closed to traffic for 2 days.

But that was nothing. Today, there was a landslide resulting in a mass of earth and stone (measuring about 500 feet wide and 20 feet high and with an estimated volume of 500,000 cubic yards) which completely blocked Route 65, a busy route to and from Pittsburgh.

The highway is expected to be closed for more than a week.

According to PennDOT officials, the material that shifted and slid appeared to be fill for the plateau being created on top of the hillside for the shopping plaza and parking lot. They said PennDOT has not been involved in what has been taking place at the site since March, when the work started. WELL, MAYBE IT'S TIME TO GET INVOLVED, YOU BOZOS!

Penn Development, listed as the contractor, could not be reached for comment. A little "Oopsie" might have been nice!


At September 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Scott. The landslide is between me and my place of work, so this whole thing has me steamed. Penn Development was the contractor, but ASC is the developer. It's three guys, I think "Chomos" is the last name of the "C" guy. Everyone keeps saying "the developer is going to reimburse the governments for all their costs - PennDoT, Allegheny County, Ohio Township. I think they're nuts! ASC couldn't possibly have that much money - they'll just declare bankruptcy, and you and I will pay through our taxes. (Then, of course, A, S and C will probably go out and start another company!)

At September 26, 2006, Blogger Scott said...

I'm sorry to hear how this has affected you. I am concerned that in the end the project will be unsuccessful, the contractors will bail, and we'll have yet another raped hillside to adorn our area.


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