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Despite fears that post-tropical cyclone Sandy would cause widespread flooding, major roadways in Allegheny County remained open this morning while officials closely monitored creeks that threatened to flood Route 51 and Route 88.

Streets Run Road and Baldwin Road were reopened this morning after being closed overnight, but a segment of Coal Hollow Road in Penn Hills remained closed because of downed wires. PennDOT's traffic cameras showed sparse traffic on the Parkway East inbound. Downed utilities shut down a large swath of Route 885 between Irwin Run Road in West Mifflin and Mifflin Road in Pittsburgh, spokesman Jim Struzzi said.

Outside Allegheny County, traffic advisories are posted in many areas.

In Armstrong County, Route 1026 (Barnards Road) is closed in both directions in Cowanshannock Township between Route 839 and Sunrise Road due to flooding on Miller Road.

In Butler County, Route 3025 (Yellow Creek Road/Little Creek Road) is closed in both directions in Lancaster Township due to downed tree and utility line.

In Indiana County, the Seward Bridge on Route 56 is closed in East Wheatfield, Indiana Couny and Seward, Westmoreland County due to flooding of bridge approaches from the rising Conemaugh River.

In Fayette County, Route 2011 (Dinner Bell Road)was closed between Hemming Road and Beaver Creek Road in Henry Clay Township.

In Washington County, Route 4024 (Hewitt Avenue) in Blaine Township was closed.

In a news release, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office reported that public works crews had cleared downed trees from the East busway in Bloomfield, on Saw Mill Run Boulevard, McArdle Roadway and in several city neighborhoods, including Mount Washington, Beechview and Allentown.

Public transit service was normal for the most part, Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said.

A downed tree on the Blue Line near the Boggs stop was causing single-tracking of trains with delays for riders of about five minutes. A crash on Route 885 near the authority's West Mifflin garage cut power to the facility but buses were being dispatched without delays, he said.

"Everything's pretty good right now," Mr. Ritchie said.

In Westmoreland County, spokesman Dan Stevens said two dozen roads were flooded and advised people to, "stay off the roads," he said. "If you don't have to go out, stay home."

Flooded roads included Route 30, Route 18 and Route 259 in Ligonier, Route 981 in Mount Pleasant, 251 in Fairfield, Route 130 in Cook and Route 981 in Bell Township.

The Mon Wharf is closed to parking in Downtown Pittsburgh with the potential for flood waters. Commuters can monitor roadway information by visiting the PG's traffic page.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.


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