Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The construction is expected to affect some Upper St. Clair drivers.
The time has come. The Valley Brook and Washington roads project in nearby Peters Township is set to begin Wednesday, May 22. The construction will not wrap up until July 2014, at the earliest. The project will result in Valley Brook Road being closed just west of St. Petersburg Center, meaning access to Old Washington will be closed and vehicles will not be able to go under Route 19. Through traffic on Route 19 itself will be minimally impeded during the construction. The official detours are Boyce Road from Route 19 to Mayview Road and East McMurray Road from Valley Brook tor Route 19. More than 11,000 vehicle trips per day will be displaced. "This will be the most significant road shutdown the township has seen since the Valley Brook …
There were nearly 4,000 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania last year.
The Greater Pittsburgh Motorcycle Safety Council was just created in response to the increased number of motorcycle crashes occurring regionally. According to PennDOT data there were nearly 4,000 motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania last year. Tragically, 210 people lost their lives in those crashes. In District 11, which encompasses Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties, there were 429 motorcycle crashes, resulting in 13 fatalities in 2012. With the growing number of licensed motorcyclists statewide, the council is charged with raising safety awareness among motorists and motorcyclists. The organization is comprised of motorcycle groups, local police officers and safety advocates. Representatives from the Greater Pittsburgh Motorcycle …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Access to Route 19 from Valley Brook Road will be totally eliminated.
Drivers who travel through Peters Township are preparing for a signicant construction project on Valley Brook Road. Access to Washington Road from Valley Brook Road will be totally eliminated, scheduled to begin May 15. The only access to Valley Brook Road from Washington Road will be to the western side on the ramp by TAR Storage. The project is expected to last 14 months. Access to Old Washington to and from Valley Brook will also be eliminated. The official detour is Boyce Road to Mayview and East McMurray to Washington Road. East McMurray is expected to have the most impact, which has four schools along it, as well as the main fire station, police station and EMS station. According to PennDOT, 11,000 vehicles use Valley Brook Road on …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Expect delays Monday if you’re traveling on Interstate 79 near the Bridgeville exit.
Expect delays Monday if you’re traveling on Interstate 79 near the Bridgeville exit. PennDOT announced that there will be single-lane closures north of Exit 54 along the municipal line of South Fayette and Bridgeville. The closures are expected to occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday while crews perform inspections on the overpasses. Both lanes will be restricted, but not at the same time.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Drivers traveling through Mt. Lebanon should expect delays.
Short-term lane closures on Cochran Road in Mt. Lebanon will occur on Wednesday, April 3, weather permitting, according to PennDOT. Restrictions will occur as needed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday between Beverly Road and Washington Road. Motorists are advised to use caution and expect possible delays. Crews will be performing drilling operations needed as part of a future improvement project on Cochran Road.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
About 45,000 vehicles use the Liberty Tunnel on an average day, according to PennDOT.
The Liberty Tunnel will be closed in both directions nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday starting the night of April 2 and running through November 2013. Outbound closures will begin about two hours later on nights of Pittsburgh Penguins home games. The closures are part of the $18.8 million fourth phase of work to improve the tunnel. The project includes repair of structural concrete, updating and repair of electrical, lighting and safety systems, refurbishing of the portal buildings and other improvements. The prime contractor is the Swank Construction Company, LLC. Overall work will conclude this fall. Here will be the posted detours: Outbound detour: Alternate detour: Inbound detour: Commercial vehicle traffic should …
Monday, April 1, 2013
PennDOT plans to resume its $3.9-million reconstruction project at the Broughton Road-Baptist Road intersection in nearby Bethel Park this week.
PennDOT plans to resume its $3.9-million reconstruction project at the Broughton Road-Baptist Road intersection in nearby Bethel Park this week. There is some good news, however, since there will be fewer restrictions than there were last year. The following restrictions will be in place beginning at approximately 7 a.m. on Monday, April 1, and lasting through mid-October: The project is creating mobility improvements at this busy intersection, which sees about 28,000 vehicles on an average day, according to PennDOT. Work includes reconstructing and widening the intersection to add turning lanes, improved drainage, retaining walls, new traffic signals, curbing and bituminous resurfacing. The prime contractor is Plum Contracting, Inc., of …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Slow down, police will be ticketing.
PennDOT and the South Fayette and Cecil Township police departments held a news conference and enforcement event Tuesday on Route 50 in South Fayette Township to highlight the first wave of the aggressive-driving campaign that began on Monday, March 18. More than 350 municipal police forces, with the Pennsylvania State Police, are participating in aggressive-driving activities through April 28. Police will concentrate enforcement efforts on roadways known to have a high number of aggressive-driving crashes. Aggressive driving includes risky behaviors such as speeding, running red lights and stop signs, tailgating or improper passing. According to PennDOT data, preliminarily in 2012, there were 6,725 aggressive- driving crashes in …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
There will be fewer restrictions than there were last year.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0's $3.9-million roadwork project at the Broughton Road-Baptist Road intersection in nearby Bethel Park resumes on April 1, weather permitting. But there will be fewer restrictions than there were last year. The following restrictions will be in place beginning at approximately 7 a.m. on Monday, April 1, and lasting through mid-October: The project is creating mobility improvements at this busy intersection, which sees about 28,000 vehicles on an average day, according to PennDOT. Work includes reconstructing and widening the intersection to add turning lanes, improved drainage, retaining walls, new traffic signals, curbing and bituminous resurfacing. The prime contractor is Plum …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Upper St. Clair Public Works and PennDOT crews are working overnight due to the winter storm.
If you wake up to snow-covered roads in the morning, don't go out unless you have to. That's the message from the Upper St. Clair Public Works department. "And if you do drive, please drive with caution and patience and give the guys time and space to do their job," said George Kostelich, public works director. Local crews will be out through the night and morning treating the roadways for the 5-to-8 inches of snow Upper St. Clair is expected to get. "The good part is that the temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s assuring the road salt will work well," Kostelich said. PennDOT crews are also ready for the snowfall. "Crews and salt trucks will remain out in full force overnight through Wednesday as long as needed," said Jim Struzzi, …