Landslide forces closure of University Blvd. in Moon Township, to remain closed during weekend

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Landslide forces closure of University Blvd. in Moon Township, to remain closed during weekend

A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

Megan Shandel

A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

Megan Shandel

Megan Shandel

A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

Gage Goulding, News Editor

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MOON TOWNSHIP — A landslide forced officials to close a portion of University Boulevard Friday morning.

According to Moon Township Police Department, University Boulevard is closed in both directions between Stoops Ferry Road and Robert Morris University. Authorities say that the southbound lanes will remain closed throughout the weekend.

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  • A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

  • A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

  • A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

  • A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

  • A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

  • A landslide closed all lanes of University Blvd. on Feb. 8.

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The landslide fell into the south traveling lanes, but officials say the ground is still moving.

PennDOT official Tom Holmes said that the recent rain was the culprit of the slide.

“With all the rain that soaked into the hillside, it just caused it all to loosen up and then fall and crumble down,” Holmes said.

Officials posted to the Moon Township Police Department Facebook page with a detour provided by PennDOT.

Here is the recommended detour for travelers:

  • Take Stoops Ferry
  • Turn onto Flaugherty Run
  • Turn onto Brodhead Road
  • Turn back onto University Boulevard

Robert Morris University issued an RMU Alert advising drivers of the road closure at approximately 11:56 a.m. The alert cautioned drivers to “allow 20 extra minutes if approaching from Coraopolis side.”

“The road’s closed because it’s still unstable that we don’t want anything to any cars,” said Holmes.

Moon Township Police told RMU Sentry Media’s Gage Goulding that the southbound lanes of University Boulevard will remain closed throughout the weekend. Officials do not have a planned date to reopen the road.

Holmes said there is only one way for the road to open sooner.

“The best thing to happen would be for it to fall.”

Stay with RMU Sentry Media for updates.

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