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Landslide cleared, Route 51 ramps to West End reopen

March 22, 2018 GMT

A week after a landslide closed access from Route 51 in Pittsburgh to the West End Bridge and West Carson Street ramps, those roadways have reopened, city officials said Saturday.

Crews from the city and PennDOT have been working 24-hour shifts to clear the landslide that last Sunday closed those two exits, officials said.

“Contractors moved nearly 15,000 cubic yards of materials from the landslide site to allow Route 51 to reopen,” the city said in a statement.

Greenleaf Street, where the landslide began, will remain closed as the slope above it is regraded to protect against further landslides.

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Also, city officials noted that portions of Forward Avenue and Commercial Street in Squirrel Hill/Swisshelm Park remained closed after a landslide caused a tree to lean on electrical wires. Crews are working in the area.

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, mmedsger@tribweb.com or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.