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Page Hollow Road closed after washout

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Page Hollow Road is closed to through traffic after a section of the road was washed out during heavy rains last weekend.

There are going to be more quiet moments for Gerald Stanko to enjoy at his property on Page Hollow Road this summer.

After Page Hollow was washed out during heavy rains last weekend, there won’t be any traffic driving past his home for weeks.

Residents are able to get in and out, but their direction options are limited.

PennDOT is looking to make a lasting repair and estimates about six weeks. Repairs will be made by crews out of the Warren County maintenance office.

“They’re going to do a hydraulic study analysis, to see if there is a way to prevent this in the future,” District 1-0 Press Officer Jill Harry said. “It’s more of a long-term fix than an emergency fix.”

During that time, the road is closed to through traffic. Signs alert motorists of the closure at both ends of the road and mounds of sand block the road at the bottom of the hill. There isn’t enough road left for most vehicles to safely pass.

A detour is posted using Cobham Park Road (Route 1013), Irvindale Road (Route 1023), Jackson Avenue (Route 2021), and Scandia Road (Route 1019), according to PennDOT.

Stanko was home during the storm and subsequent high water.

“It was a raging river,” he said of what is usually a quiet creek that crosses under the road in front of his house through a corrugated metal pipe.

“Water went in there, it washed underneath the blacktop, then the blacktop just washed out,” he said. “The pipe wasn’t big enough to carry the amount of water.”

The water reached his yard, but didn’t threaten the house. “It didn’t last for more than an hour,” he said.

After almost 50 years at the same location, he’s seen high water before.

In the 1980s, the water from the raging creek reached all the way to the house before receding, he said.

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