Crash prompts construction of barrier

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – An effort by the Sharon community and local officials to construct a barrier on a city roadway that was the scene of a deadly crash was successful.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced they will construct a median this summer on Connelly Boulevard/Route 62 in Sharon.

A Nov. 8 crash on that same stretch of roadway claimed the lives of Sharon High School football players Corey Swartz and Evan Gill. John Zdelar, 50, of Brookfield also died when a vehicle driven by Swartz went left of center and struck Zdelar’s pickup truck.

Sharon City Manager Scott Andrejchak immediately called for an investigation into the condition of the roadway following the accident.

PennDOT Spokesperson Tom McClelland said a project was already planned to pave Route 62, but a study that analyzed the driving habits along the roadway and speed concerns led engineers to add the median to the paving project.

“Our effort is to try and eliminate head-on collisions in that area and a barrier would do that,” said McClelland.

At the time of the crash, the four lane roadway was divided by a double yellow line. Several years ago, a wire guardrail separated the lanes before it was taken down during road improvements in the area.

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