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Width restriction on Route 268 bridge

Starting Tuesday, the lanes on a bridge that carries Route 268 over a tributary to the South Branch of Bear Creek will be narrowed to 10 feet wide during work to repair a culvert.

The culvert is north of Church Street near the Bear Creek Watershed Authority facility. The culvert was built in 1920.

Maintenance crews from the state Department of Transportation Engineering District 10 will perform the work, which is expected to last about four weeks.


Community Autoinitiative

A special initiative is underway that allows families living in the Allegheny County suburbs who meet low-income requirements to purchase a vehicle for $750 plus taxes and fees through the Community Auto program sponsored by North Hills Community Outreach and funded in part by United Way.

With taxes and fees, the total cost will be $911. Vehicles at Community Auto usually sell for an average of $2,500.

A grant from Allegheny County Department of Human Services is funding the special initiative, which ends Sept. 30. It is aimed as helping families to maintain or improve their employment.

To be eligible for the $750 purchase price, an individual's household income must be at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty income guideline; the person must work a minimum of 25 hours per week or have a documented job offer; and the person must live in Allegheny County but outside of Pittsburgh.

Community Auto accepts donated vehicles, gets them repaired and sells them at below-market value to low-income families who need a car to get to work. Each vehicle sold, including those at the reduced price, comes with a one-year warranty, a valid Pennsylvania inspection sticker, a one year AAA+ membership, and free advice about maintenance and repairs.

Child car safety seats are provided to those who need them. The program also provides $240 in gasoline, thanks to a partnership with Traveler's Aid.

When the county grant ends, low-income workers may still purchase vehicles through the regular Community Auto program.

To apply, donate a vehicle or for more information: Pam Lindenberger at 724-443-8300 or


Repairs to close Crowe Avenue

Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Crowe Avenue will be closed for repairs between Irvine and East streets.

The road is expected to be closed for about three weeks for utility installation. The work involves replacing manholes and resurfacing the road.

Motorists will be rerouted along Brickyard Road and other local streets.


Fourth-grader wins Junior Grand Prix

Alexa Berman, 9, of Fox Chapel, finished first in the third annual Ford Junior Grand Prix during the recent Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

Alexa, who will be entering fourth grade at O'Hara Elementary School in the Fox Chapel Area School District, built a race car from interlocking building bricks at the Ford Kid's Pit Stop Tent and achieved the fastest race time out of hundreds of cars competing on a Pinewood Derby-style track.



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