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Rt. 228 expected to be closed into this evening

June 25, 2014 News Extra

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CRANBERRY TWP — Route 228 is expected to be closed through this evening, disrupting the major traffic route in southern Butler County, announced the state Department of Transportation late this morning.

Utility crews continue to work on repairs to the downed utility poles and lines which closed the heavily traveled stretch of Route 228 between Route 19 and Cranberry Woods Drive following an intense storm Tuesday evening.

The Interstate 79 and Route 228 ramps are also closed.

Township manger Jerry Andree said today that the strong winds and resulting traffic delays are the “most significant event in my many years here.”

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said this morning that the lines might have been felled by a downburst.

The storm caused massive traffic headaches in and around Cranberry this morning as drivers were forced to find alternate routes to work.

“I am very, very impressed with everybody’s response from PennDOT to Penn Power, the state police, the fire company,” Andree said. “Everybody came together and this really has been a team approach.”

Crews are still working on erecting the new power lines, which is expected to take a significant amount of time because of wet ground and the fact that nine lines have to be replaced.

No official timeline has been announced for reopening the road.

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