Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation data, there were nearly 4,000 motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania last year. Tragically, 210 people lost their lives in those crashes. In PennDOT's District 11-0, which encompasses Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties, there were 429 motorcycle crashes in 2012, resulting in 13 fatalities. With the growing number of licensed motorcyclists statewide, the council is charged with raising safety awareness among motorists and motorcyclists. The organization is composed of motorcycle groups, local police officers and safety advocates. …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The channel complements PennDOT's social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has started a YouTube channel—www.youtube.com/PennsylvaniaDOT—to expand its public outreach on safety and education initiatives as well as department operations. "Our YouTube channel is our next step in communicating with our customers in more personal, interactive ways," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said in a news release. "The channel is a great way to provide important information to a universal audience. I encourage people to share these resources with their family and friends or anyone who can benefit from the information." So far, the new PennDOT YouTube channel includes: In the future, the department plans to add videos featuring department maintenance operations as well as highway …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The gas line work is part of the Routes 51-88 realignment project.
Gas line work has shut down Provost Road in Whitehall Borough for about a week, but Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0 safety press officer Steve Cowan said that the work is expected to be completed by the end of this week. At that time, the closure on Provost will be lifted, Cowan said. The gas line work is part of the Routes 51-88 realignment project, Cowan said, and soon, the work will shift to an area along Route 51 from Stewart Avenue to Route 88. However, that gas work is not expected to affect traffic. Read about other roadwork in and around Baldwin-Whitehall here. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, May 10, 2013
It won't be pretty through at least May 24.
Traffic from both directions on Brownsville Road will be restricted to just one alternating lane between Willard Drive and Curry Hollow Road 24 hours per day and seven days per week from 7 a.m. on Monday, May 13, until 8 p.m. on Friday, May 24, as part of the final phase of the Brownsville-Curry Hollow-Broughton Road realignment project. Work crews will be active from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays during that time period. The Allegheny County Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0, is overseeing the $8.6-million project to improve the busy Brownsville-Curry Hollow-Broughton intersection on the borders of South Park Township and Baldwin and Pleasant Hills …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Restrictions are scheduled through May 23.
Traffic signal safety improvements on Lebanon Church Road (Route 2040) in nearby West Mifflin Borough will begin on Wednesday, May 8, weather permitting, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0 news release. Crews will be installing retroreflective tape to existing signal backplates. Short-term lane restrictions will occur as needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday, May 23, at the following Lebanon Church intersections: All turning movements will be accommodated. Motorists should use caution, allow extra time and expect changing traffic patterns when traveling through the work area. Bronder Technical Services will perform the work. Read about other roadwork in and around Baldwin-Whitehall here. Join …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The work will run from Brownsville Road to Route 88.
UPDATE: This work has been extended for Monday, April 29, to Friday, May 3, at least. Crews from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0 will cause temporary lane closures and restrictions on Route 51 from at least Dec. 10 to 14, 2012, due to pothole patching. The work will occur in various locations across the busy state road—specifically, from its Brownsville Road intersection on the border of Whitehall and Brentwood boroughs to its Route 88 intersection in Pittsburgh's Overbrook neighborhood. That is an approximately 1.7-mile stretch. Motorists are advised to use caution, slow down and expect changing traffic patterns when traveling through the work area. Read about other roadwork in and around Baldwin-Whitehall here…
Sunday, April 21, 2013
PennDOT crews will be in Whitehall Borough.
UPDATE: This work has been extended for Monday, April 22, to Friday, April 26, at least. Crews from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0 will cause temporary lane closures and restrictions for pothole patching on Weyman Road in Whitehall Borough from Feb. 25 to March 1, at the least. The work will run from Provost Road to Kay Drive—an approximately 0.66-mile stretch. Motorists are advised to use caution, slow down and expect changing traffic patterns when traveling through the work area. Read about other roadwork in and around Baldwin-Whitehall here. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the (free) daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Stretch from the Glenwood Bridge to Becks Run Road is affected.
Noralco Corporation crews will be removing a water pump building along East Carson Street in north Baldwin Borough this weekend, April 19-22, weather permitting, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The work will require East Carson to be closed between Becks Run Road in north Baldwin and the Glenwood Bridge in Pittsburgh's Hays neighborhood from approximately 10 p.m. on Friday through approximately 5 a.m. on Monday. Becks Run will remain open. Detour: Southeastbound Northwestbound More than 14,000 vehicles use this stretch of East Carson on an average day, according to PennDOT. Motorists should use caution, allow extra time and be aware of changing traffic patterns in the area. Read about other roadwork in and …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Drivers should allow for extra travel time.
Short-term lane closures on East Carson Street in the Borough of Baldwin and the City of Pittsburgh will occur on Tuesday, April 9 weather permitting. Single-lane traffic will occur in work areas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Stop conditions will occur. "Motorists should use caution, allow extra time, and be aware of changing traffic patterns in the area," according to the PennDOT news release. Crews will be inspecting drainage systems between Becks Run Road and the Glenwood Bridge. Read about other roadwork in and around Baldwin-Whitehall here.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
But there will be fewer restrictions than there were this past spring.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0's $3.9-million roadwork project at the Broughton Road-Baptist Road intersection in Bethel Park resumes on April 1, weather permitting. But there will be fewer restrictions than there were this past spring. 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 …