Training funds for job seekers
Job Training for Beaver County has just received $21,500 to help displaced workers get "occupational skills training" and on-the-job training.
The money comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, said Deb Newton, director of the non-profit Job Training agency. The funds are geared toward people who have been unemployed for more than 22 weeks.
The program works thus: Employers hire a person, and Job Training for Beaver County uses the state funds to provide part of the wages and training for the worker's new job, Ms. Newton said.
Right now employers are looking for welders, machinists and truck drivers, and manufacturing is picking up.
Job Training for Beaver County, Inc. is located at 285 Beaver Valley Mall, Route 18, Monaca, 15061. Go to www.jtbc.org for further information.
People can find out if they are eligible for the program by calling 724-728-4860,cq extension 218.
Transportation group elects officers
The Airport Corridor Transportation Association honored these organizations at its recent annual meeting for outstanding achievement in improving transportation in the airport corridor:
• Improving Mobility: Park Manor Boulevard Bicycle Safety Improvement Project
• Supporting and Promoting ACTA Initiatives: Summit Park Drive Improvement Project
• Improving Job Access for Airport Corridor Commuters: Accessible Transportation Workforce and Interagency Cooperative
• Supporting TMA Initiatives: UPMC
• Community Partner Award: Settlers Ridge
• Outstanding ACTA Member: Pittsburgh Technical Institute
Also, the organization elected Bob Dudash of Robinson as president; Ray Hack of Mackin Engineering as vice president; and Ruth Delach of Pittsburgh Technical Institute as secretary/treasurer.
ACTA is a nonprofit membership-based organization working to increase travel options and encourage economic development in the fast-growing airport corridor.
AROUND THE WEST
Port Authority bus service changes
Schedules for several West Port Authority bus routes have changed as part of the transit agency's seasonal time updates.
The routes affected are 14 Ohio Valley, 20 Kennedy, 21 Coraopolis, 22 McCoy and 24 West Park.
The Port Authority makes routine changes to its schedules four times per year. Descriptions of the changes and links to new schedules are at: www.portauthority.org/.
Information: 412-442-2000 or for TTY, 412-231-7007.
The next round of quarterly schedule adjustments will be in June.
Donations help earn grant money
Food and financial donations to Focus On Renewal's Emergency Food Pantry in March and April will help the organization earn grant money from The Feinstein Foundation.
This is the fifth year Focus On Renewal, based in McKees Rocks, is participating in the annual Feinstein Campaign to Fight Hunger, which will divide $1 million among hunger agencies nationwide. Cash, checks and food (valued at $1 per item) qualify for the challenge grant from The Feinstein Foundation.
Checks can be made payable to Focus On Renewal (with "Feinstein" on the memo line) and mailed to Focus On Renewal, 701 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136. Individuals and organizations wishing to donate nonperishable food can drop off items from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at FOR's community center, 701 Chartiers Ave.
Information: 412-771-6460, ext. 212, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prestley Road closing point changed
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has moved the closing point on Prestley Road to accommodate local traffic during the reconstruction of the bridge over Chartiers Creek near Thoms Run Road that started March 11.
The change will enable access for several businesses and churches.
Traffic on the bridge is reduced to a single lane alternating use controlled by temporary traffic signals. Due to safety concerns with traffic backing through the intersection, Prestley has been closed to thru-traffic from the south (Route 50) since March 11, remaining open from Thoms Run Road only for local access to businesses and churches in the area.
After community concerns, PennDOT has relocated the barrier on Prestley Road to allow access to Journey Assembly of God Church and St. Barbara's Church from Route 50/Bridgeville. Thru-traffic, with the exception of school buses is still not permitted.
The following access has been opened because of the change:
• Cavanaugh Landscaping's entrance from Thoms Run Road will be for large trucks deliveries only; the entrance from south/Route 50 will be for customers only, no large trucks.
• St. Barbara's Church has two parking lots/entrances onto Prestley Road. The northern entrance will have access from Thoms Run Road and the other from south/Route 50. Traveling between the entrances on Prestley Road will not be permitted.
• Journey Assembly of God Church will have access from the south/Route 50 only.
• Other business in the area including Lane Construction, Sew EZ Shop, Christoff Farm and Wood Waste Recycling will have access from Thoms Run Road only.
The bridge project includes replacing the deck and bearings, structural painting and roadway improvements. Work will continue through this fall.
The bridge detour is Route 50 (Washington Pike), Miller's Run Road, Presto-Sygan Road and Thoms Run Road.
Road maintenance will affect traffic
There will be traffic restrictions this week during maintenance by state Department of Transportation crews on these Beaver County roads:
• Bocktown Road, Hopewell - Pipe installation between Gringo-Independence Road and the Interstate 376 interchange.
• Cherry Hill Road, North Sewickley - Road base repairs between Route 351 and Brighton Road.
• Conway-Wallrose Road, Conway and Economy - Sweeping between Routes 65 and 989.
• Conway-Wallrose Road, Economy - Sweeping between Route 989 and Big Sewickley Creek Road.
• Frankfort Road, Hanover - Sweeping between Hillendale Road and Frankfort Springs.
• Interstate 376 - Litter removal between the Allegheny County border and the Monaca interchange.
• Park Road, Chippewa and Brighton - Drainage repairs between Bradys Run and Achortown roads.
• Route 30, Hanover - Sweeping at Route 18.
• Salem Church Road, South Beaver - Sweeping between Lisbon Road and Constitution Boulevard.
Bridge replacement project begins
A $986,959 project to replace the bridge that carries Route 288 (Zelienople Road) over Camp Run is expected to begin Monday - weather permitting.
The project will replace the bridge between North Camp Run Road and Church Road. Additional work includes bituminous pavement approaches and shoulders, drainage, guide rail, pavement markings and other improvements.
Crews will be constructing a temporary stream crossing to maintain traffic while work to replace the bridge occurs. While the temporary roadway and crossing are constructed, motorists on Route 288 may encounter lane closures and restrictions controlled by flag crews weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the bridge area. Overall work will conclude this fall.
The prime contractor is CH&D Enterprises, Inc. of New Stanton.