New Castle News

June 6, 2014

Experts analyzing field subsidence

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — PennDOT and the East Fairfield Coal Company are working to address subsidence that has closed part of a North Beaver Township road.

So far, there is no prediction of when the road will be reopened, according to PennDOT officials.

Route 108 — Mount Jackson Road — in North Beaver Township was closed between Trotter Road and State Line Road last week.

Steve Cowan of PennDOT said the department’s maintenance unit has “been in discussions” with East Fairfield Coal Company of North Lima, Ohio regarding the road’s status. The road was closed after the coal company reported a mine had collapsed and a field had dropped four feet along Route 108.

“The mining company has taken the lead on determining what repairs are necessary to shore the mine,” he said.

The coal company’s geologists and specialists from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health are monitoring the subsidence, he said.

Cowan said PennDOT’s geotechnical and maintenance units “will ultimately review the repairs the mining company will undertake to stabilize the subsidence.”

He said there is no time frame for re-opening the road, but PennDOT “wants to ensure motorists’ safety.”

Attempts to reach officials from the mining company were unsuccessful.