PennDOT Is Tripling Its Budget For Landslide Remediation In Western PA

Mar 26, 2019

PennDOT is budgeting $20 million for landslide remediation in the coming year, District 11 executive Cheryl Moon-Sirianni told The Confluence Tuesday. The sum is more than three times more than their current line item allocation.

Moon-Sirianni says it's only a fraction of what the state department needs to repair existing damage from about 93 landslides throughout the district's three-county region, including Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence. She estimates those slides will take five years to address; any future damage would only exaccerbate the timeline.

“We are going to have to shift some other priorities just to attack those landslides that we’re working on,” she says. “It means that some of the roadway paving or maybe some of the bridge replacements that we wanted to do this year are going to have to be moved until next year or the year after.”

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