Residents near Saltsburg Road, Almar Drive construction feeling effects of heavy traffic

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Car after car turned around at the intersection of Saltsburg Road and Almar Drive due to construction, but neighbors say it is dangerous and that more signs should be posted ahead.

“I like to get out and walk, but I’m afraid to walk anymore,” said resident Bill Schoffstall.

Schoffstall said since Tuesday, it has been a nightmare. He lives at the end of the cul-de-sac on Almar Drive, right beside the construction on Saltsburg Road.

“It’s been a headache. I mean, we have so much traffic, and it’s a dead-end street. And nobody knows you can’t turn around,” Schoffstall explained.

Schoffstall said at all hours of the day, drivers unaware that the road is closed use his street to turn around — or worse, fly past thinking they can cut through and avoid the construction.

“My whole driveway is all car ruts,” Schoffstall explained.

Schoffstall showed us the damage a school bus caused to his driveway, leaving deep tire marks in his yard.

Residents are also taking the brunt of anger from frustrated drivers.

“Some lady pulled up, and she started screaming and yelling at me for having the road closed,” said resident Dan Shullo, who lives right in the middle of construction.

Shullo, who’s lived on Saltsburg Road for more than five decades, said it was time for the road to be fixed. But there needs to be better signs alerting people to the construction.

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