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April 4, 2014

Point Twp. rocks slide onto Route 11

Motorists imperiled 4th time in 18 months

NORTHUMBERLAND — At least two vehicles sustained flat tires after the fourth rock slide in 18 months along Route 11 sent large slabs and hundreds of smaller stones spilling toward the highway Friday night.

Southbound motorists at Redman Acres Road in Point Township were diverted into one lane of alternating traffic after two slides within 100 yards of each other at 8 p.m.

Two Mahoning Township police officers directed traffic in a driving rainstorm while waiting for the state Department of Transportation and Point Township cleanup crews to clear the highway.

One of the slides caused two vehicles to have flat tires, an officer said.

Three large slabs of rock and hundreds of smaller stones fell onto the side of the road, and a large tree trunk slid down the side of the hill at the worst of the two landslide sites, near a “Pass With Care” road sign.

By 8:45 p.m. debris still lay on the road. PennDOT road crews had not yet arrived to remove the gravel and rocks.

Meanwhile, traffic moved steadily through the area with the south lane still closed off to traffic for a few hundred yards.

A slide near the Redman Acres Road in June 2012 sent 80 cubic yards of jagged rock and trees onto Route 11, caused a motorist to sustain a flat tire and closed a two-mile stretch of the highway for four hours.

In September 2012, a 4-foot pile of shale slid across the southbound lane of Route 11, forcing motorists to alternate travels on the northbound lane. No one was hurt and no vehicles were damaged as a result of the slide.

In May 2013, a slide closed the southbound lane of Route 11 for about 45 minutes after hundreds of small rocks fell from an adjacent hillside onto the highway.

 

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