ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Markle and Allegheny Township firefighters were called out late Wednesday evening for poles and wires down on Rt. 356 in Allegheny Township. Chief Mike Nickels told AKVNEWS Rt. 356 is closed from Weinels Crossroads to Freeport.
Chief Nickels indicated communications lines near the top of the hill just South of the Freeport Bridge are low hanging to the roadway. No electrical outages have been reported and the cause of the snapped poles and wires down is not officially known, but authorities suspect possibly an oversize load type truck traveling north on Rt. 356 headed for the expressway or Butler. Chief Nickels remarked it’s possible the truck didn’t even know the damage was done in the event the lines were hanging lower than the standard 13’6″ height or 8′ wide width standard.
It’s believed the roadway will be shut down until approximately 8:00 am Thursday morning until repairs are completed.