Greentree Road to fully reopen |

Greentree Road to fully reopen

Drivers traveling on Greentree Road below Scott Towne Center could soon get relief from orange barrels that have lined the road since early May.

Randy Lubin, director of public services in Scott Township, said discussions with land owner H-Squared Properties have indicated the road, which has been restricted to two lanes, will be restored to four lanes within the next two weeks.

“I know it’s been a problem for a lot of people … the schedule for the barricades and the land to be reopened is in about two weeks,” Lubin said.

Property owners are moving forward with installing French drains on the property as part of an agreement with PennDOT, he said.

The project has included the construction of two shelves in the hill that are being stabilized through a concrete “netting” solution and nails drilled 20 to 30 feet into the earth.

“That’s what they’re using to hold the hillside up.”

After hyrdraseeding and the construction of guard rails on top of the hill, the roadway should open up to traffic, Lubin said.

Residents at Virginia Mansions Condominiums on Greentree Road made commissioners aware of their difficulty in getting in and out of driveways because of heavy traffic.

Commissioner Bill Wells expressed dissatisfaction with the time it has taken to fix the hillside.

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, he was stuck in traffic and watched other drivers.

“I think I waited through five lights, and half the people were cutting up through Scott Towne Center, which makes for a very unsafe situation up there.”

Manager Denise Fitzgerald said signs will be placed at the entrances to Denny’s restaurant and the condominium complex alerting drivers not to block entrances.

Commissioner Tom Castello said officials have been in contact with state Rep. Matt Smith.

“Unfortunately, it’s not ours. If it were ours, we’d have more authority to get things done,” he said.

“The residents of Scott Township deserve better than this,” Wells said. “I think people have been very patient, but I think patience is drawing to an end.

“It needs to be repaired. I’d like to see Scott Township write them a letter, write the state a letter, and realize how serious this has become.”

Wells said township officials should push PennDOT to help remedy the situation if is not corrected in a timely manner.

“Now it’s time to make the big push and demand they do something or demand the state take it over.”

He hopes to see Greentree Road fully open soon.

“We’re only a couple weeks away from inclement weather where they can’t do anything up there and we’ll be like this all winter.

“I think we need to hold their feet to the fire if they’re not done in two weeks,” Wells said.

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