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Busy highway closed as pole repairs continue

June 26, 2014
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A busy stretch of western Pennsylvania highway remained closed a second day so crews could repair at least nine power poles downed by 85 mph winds.

The stretch of Route 228 that remained closed Thursday was in Cranberry Township, near Interstate 79, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The closure has kept motorist from entering or exiting the interstate at that point. As a result, the 40,000 to 50,000 vehicles that use the road each day were detoured Wednesday and again at least through Thursday morning onto side roads and other highways.

Township manager Jerry Andree says Tuesday evening's storms and the resulting problems are the "most significant event in my many years here."

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is trying to determine why the Penn Power poles failed.



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