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PROVIDED PHOTO The partial collapse of a wall along South Water Street in Bellefonte Borough forced PennDOT to divert traffic and convert it to a one-lane road.

BELLEFONTE — While there are no major updates on the wall collapse that occurred on November 12, Bellefonte Township officials have been keeping an eye on the proceedings.

A section of the stone wall/support along South Water Street (State Route 150) collapsed earlier this month, forcing PennDOT to divert traffic and convert it to a one-lane road.

Currently, traffic leaving Bellefonte for State College travels in an open lane on South Water Street, according to city officials. Incoming traffic to Bellefonte is directed to Stoney Batter.

According to the Bellefonte City Council, PennDOT has indicated that it is currently reviewing repair options for the bridge. The repair work is estimated to take two months to complete once it begins. PennDOT officials are currently inspecting the grounds.

“They’re doing core drilling to see where the bedrock is and how deep it is. They have yet to come up with their final plans, it might even be a temporary plan for now.” said County Administrator Ralph Stewart. “That’s the best we can say at this point.”

The excavation/drilling of the foundation took place on November 21, before the town meeting was held.

Councilwoman Joanne Tosti-Vasey read an email she and other members received from MPO staff about the collapse: “The important thing now is what can be done immediately to address the situation. In that regard, MPO staff have approved an administrative amendment that will allow PennDOT to use savings from low bids to get a contractor on site immediately to drill into the ground.”

Based on the result of the soil sample taken, two different approaches are being considered. Either the city hires maintenance to lay rocks and make temporary repairs, or it hires a contractor to do a design-build approach before the asphalt plants close at the end of next week.

Tosti-Vasey also suggested a stone or brick façade to preserve the “feeling” from the park area.

“In terms of our historic community, I think it would be very nice.” Tosti-Vasey said.

There is no indication at this time if the idea would add additional costs to the repairs or if it can even be done. The plan to follow is to wait for PennDOT to decide on repairs before moving on to beautification.

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