Route 7 project is impressive

To the editor:

I have been blessed this year on the road to recovery from a major illness and somewhat major surgery. The blessing is the construction site for the state Route 7 approach to the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

My home overlooks much of the work that has been done, and during a short walk or bike ride, I am truly the nosey neighbor walking or riding and rubbernecking along the way. A friend commented about my keen interest.

As a boy, our family would visit great uncle Mike’s farm, complete with outhouse and well pump. Much of the farm was sold to the state of Pennsylvania during the construction of Interstate 79 near Zelienople. The major construction effort and huge earth-moving equipment made an impression on my brother and I.

We also grew up in an area near Kennywood Park, where huge earth-moving equipment cut the land in preparation for future parking expansion. This vast area created “The Eucs,” which became a giant wonderland to explore. We looked through large piles of chipped chalk statues for treasure at the Kennywood dump, captured the biggest spiders we ever saw in glass jars, built tree shacks and steered homemade dinkys, then minibikes, and onto real dirt bikes up and down the giant hills.

The present boy-like interest and fun has helped in my recovery. The construction project today is amazing through the eyes of a 64-year-old, too. There is so much to consider — survey, land contour, the amazing wall construction, the exact placement of poles and signage, power to the various boxes and poles, building of the concrete forms, the most concrete this man has ever seen poured from sun up to sundown and, of course, the varied machinery.

The precision, patience and persistence of the workers to complete this project is outstanding. I humbly commend these professionals working day to day toward the completion of this project. Thank you for your service and thanks for the ride.

Dennis Milko

Steubenville

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