Landslide closes Pleasantville Road in Harrison Township

Heavy equipment from PennDOT works to clear a rock slide that closed Pleasantville Road in Harrison on Thursday morning. PennDOT says the threat of more falling rock will keep the road closed indefinitely. Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Chuck Biedka 724-226-4711
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Valley News Dispatch

Read more about slides

Pennsylvania’s Department of Natural Resources’ web site has a guide to geologic hazards such as landslides. Click on the, then click on the “geologic hazards” line at the left of the page.

Also, a landslide report can be found at

PennDOT suggests detour

From north:

• Make right onto Burtner Road (Route 1032)

• Follow Burtner Road east to Freeport Road (Route 1001)

• Turn right onto Freeport Road and follow south to Oregon Avenue

• Turn right onto Oregon Avenue to Carlisle Street

• Turn left to onto Carlisle Street and follow to Pleasantville Road

• End detour

From south:

• Same detour in opposite direction

Source: PennDOT District 12


By Chuck Biedka

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 8:34 a.m.
Updated 5 minutes ago

A landslide has shut down a road in Harrison Township, a PennDOT spokesman said Thursday morning.

Route 1027, Pleasantville Road, is closed between Route 1032, Burtner Road and Juniata Street, Jim Struzzi said.

Crews are on the scene, but PennDOT suggests motorists use alternate routes.

Mudslides close Route 837

Mud and debris from landslides along Route 837 in West Mifflin late Tuesday and early Wednesday has been dumped just south of the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge. Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Eric Slagle 412-664-9161
Staff Reporter
McKeesport Daily News

By Eric Slagle

Wet weather from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy is being blamed for landslides that temporarily closed Route 837 in West Mifflin.

The roadway between the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge and Washington Avenue in Dravosburg was shut down from about 9-11:30 p.m. on Tuesday by mud and trees sliding from the hillside onto the road, PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi said.

“Heavy rains cause the soils to loosen up and give,” he said.

More of the hillside reportedly slid early Wednesday morning, blocking part of the road.

Debris from the slides was dumped at a clearing just south of the bridge.

No injuries were reported, but a driver said he blew a tire when he hit some of the debris.

Struzzi said PennDOT will continue to monitor.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or