October 19, 2021 5:53 AM
Austin Avenue Center Turn Lane Closure
After completing horizontal drilling to pull water line pipe through, the soil is not cooperating. There is heaving of the pavement/asphalt in some areas making sections of the road unsafe to drive over. Crews are working and gauging the safety.
Crews have been working on a water main line connection at Austin Avenue between County Line Road and Erie Parkway. Engineers determined that using the horizontal directional drill (HDD) method of running the water line would limit the amount of time the road would be impacted as well as allow for traffic to continue traveling along this route (as opposed to fulling closing it down) – which is in front of Aspen Ridge Prep School.
Unfortunately, after completing the drilling and beginning to pull the pipe through, the soil is not cooperating. It is causing heaving of the pavement/asphalt in some areas and is making sections of the road unsafe to drive over. The contractor for this project, Wagner Construction, is doing what they can to stabilize the roadway and continue work with as little impact as possible. However, for safety, the center turning lane directly in front of Aspen Ridge Prep School has to be closed down. There are cones blocking the lane and will be other crew members flagging and directing traffic.
To continue the flow of traffic, anyone attempting to drop off students or begin for at Aspen Ridge this morning should plan to enter the school lot from the east.
Anyone coming down County Line Road from the north (heading south) should take Erie Parkway over to Powers Street, right on Mason Street and right on Austin Ave.
Anyone coming up County Line road from the south (heading north) should turn right onto Bonnell Ave and left onto Mason Street, then left onto Austin Ave.
Please be aware of your surroundings as you drive and watch for any crew members giving direction on the road. The situation will be addressed as quickly as is safely possible. Watch for more updates which will be posted as available.