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Looking Back: Nello Teer Grades Difficult Highway in Pennsylvania

Thu August 15, 2019 - Northeast Edition #17
Edgar A. Browning – Special to CEG



Work on the $3.6 million Constitutional Boulevard project in Aliquippa, Pa. began in January 1955.

The slide prone area was the infamous scene of a historic tragedy on Dec. 22, 1942, at 5:12 P.M. when an estimated 1,200 ton avalanche of rock slide down the hillside and crushed a bus killing 22 passengers. CEG

A Marion 111-M shovel loads broken rock into a Euclid 22-ton rear dump on the 2.5 mile Constitutional Boulevard project.
(Edgar A. Browning photo: Nello L. Teer Collection)
A Marion 111-M shovel loads broken rock into a Euclid 22-ton rear dump on the 2.5 mile Constitutional Boulevard project. (Edgar A. Browning photo: Nello L. Teer Collection)

One of the two Marion 111-M four cu. yd. shovels used on the highway project which required 3,300,00 cu. yds. of excavation, all of which was waste material. The shovel is perched on a cliff-like bench high above the Ohio River.
(Robert D. Teer photo)
One of the two Marion 111-M four cu. yd. shovels used on the highway project which required 3,300,00 cu. yds. of excavation, all of which was waste material. The shovel is perched on a cliff-like bench high above the Ohio River. (Robert D. Teer photo)