posted Oct 1, 2011, 10:04 AM by Carrick Community Council   [ updated Oct 2, 2011, 11:26 AM by SIYING ZHANG ]

Poor weather conditions have delayed the opening of Becks Run Road until early November, Pennsylvania American Water Co. officials said Friday.

Closures along Becks Run, in Baldwin Borough and Pittsburgh, began in late August to allow for the installation of approximately 2,900 feet of new 42-inch piping to be installed for a new water main. The construction is part of an improvement project to Pennsylvania American Water’s Becks Run Pumping Station and Hays Mine Treatment Plant.

The construction along Becks Run was supposed to be finished by the end of September.

Becks Run is only open to outbound traffic, between Carson Street and Wagner Avenue. All inbound traffic on Becks Run Road is being detoured onto Wagner until the project is completed.

The extended closure is a result of inclement weather that affected the project’s restoration timeline, Pennsylvania American Water officials said. The road must remain closed until construction is complete for safety reasons.

The continued closure is necessary for the repaving of Becks Run Road, along with repairs to concrete curb and sidewalks and landscaping, Pennsylvania American Water officials said.

The water main installation is a part of an approximately $101 million upgrade project set to improve water treatment processes and ensure that the company's drinking water continues to comply with all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, Pennsylvania American Water officials said.

Motorists are asked to find alternative routes and to avoid the closure area. Signs are posted to guide motorists using the posted detours.

For more information about the closures, or other portions of this project, contact Pennsylvania American Water’s contractor, Kokosing Construction Inc., at 1-877-856-3030.