ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) -- Officials in this Beaver County city were lobbying the state for help in the wake of the third rock slide along Pa. Route 51 in the last two months.
Nobody was hurt in Thursday's slide, but the road's two southbound lanes will be closed in Aliquippa for about two weeks while the hillside is examined by geologists looking to prevent future slides.
"It's not an easy solution," said Ray Hack, PennDOT's district engineer in charge of the highway. "It's Mother Nature doing what she's going to do."PennDOT officials estimate that several hundred tons of rocks slid down the hillside. Aliquippa police Chief Ralph Pallante called the mishap the worst he's seen on the highway.
City officials are worried about the safety of motorists, and their liability if something happens. To that end, they were pressuring area legislators for a quick and permanent solution.
Pa. Route 51 becomes Ohio Route 14 when it crosses into that state.