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Duncan Ave./Route 8 project delayed
Compliance issues have delayed the Duncan Avenue/Route 8 intersection project, which was slated to begin this summer.
Managed by the state Department of Transportation, the project encompasses construction of a detention pond and culvert and additional turning lanes. A three-month closure of Duncan at Route 8 will be necessary, but it won't occur until the fall or later.
Manager Christopher Lochner said complications with rules and regulations have caused the delay. The holdup involves additional design material changes, and the project will have to be rebid.
"Local [PennDOT] people have been great to work with," he said. "But there are so many different hoops you have to jump through in order to get federal grant monies. The real shame of the situation is that these delays cost money." He estimated the cost at $60,000.
Ice cream social planned at museum
An old-fashioned ice cream social will feature complimentary ice cream and lemonade from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Depreciation Lands Museum, 4743 S. Pioneer Road.
The living history museum and village will have demonstrations of baking, the blacksmith craft, pottery and 18th century toys, clothing and household goods.
There also will be a fleece-to-shawl demonstration with fleece being sheared from a sheep, and spinners preparing and spinning yarn for a weaver to complete a shawl during the afternoon. The shawl will be auctioned to the highest bidder.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children and members. The museum presents living history demonstrations from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through October.
Information: 412-486-0563 or DepreciationLandsMuseum.org.
Book sorting for new library set Sunday
Volunteers are invited to join the first book-sorting session for Millvale's first public library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the new facility, 213 Grant Ave., second floor rear.
Individuals are advised to wear old clothing, bring gloves and some old rags.
The other days for book sorting will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 29, Aug. 26 and Sept. 30.
Pipitone employees restore monument
Employees from Pipitone Group, a marketing firm in Pittsburgh's Observatory Hill neighborhood, applied their time and gardening skills June 12 to clean and restore the 23rd Ward Veteran's Monument on Sandusky Street (at the intersection of Stockton Avenue and South Commons Street) and planting and gardening in the Deutschtown Blumengarten.
The veterans monument recently received support from the Allegheny Elks Lodge 339, which raised $1,000 from a national Elks Foundation Grant to be allocated to improve the condition of the monument and surrounding area.
The Pipitone employees were joined in planning and preparing for the project by Pittsburgh Public Works, Northside Leadership Conference, city planning, Citiparks and city council President Darlene Harris. The project was completed for Flag Day, which was last Thursday.
American Legion Post 81 donated a U.S. flag and coordinated a flag-raising ceremony. Plans call for the city to install a solar-powered light to shine on the U.S. flag. Pipitone employees also planted a garden and installed a walkway in the North Side's Historic Deutschtown Blumengarten. It's among several improvements to the North Side area.
Yearly trail challenge coming Saturday
More than 600 hikers and runners are expected to participate Saturday in the 16th Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, which spans nearly 35 miles between Harrison Hills Park in Harrison and the Harmar shelter in North Park in McCandless.
Participants will range in age from 16 to 76, and many will come from out of state to test their endurance of traversing steep hills, muddy valleys, creek crossings and several local parks.
The trail also passes the Rachel Carson Homestead in Springdale, birthplace of the late environmentalist.
More than 200 other participants are expected to take part in the Rachel Carson Trail Homestead Challenge, an 18-mile hike. And, about 50 participants are expected to join the Rachel Carson Trail Friends and Family Challenge, an eight-mile trek from Hartwood Acres Park in Indiana Township to North Park.
Proceeds from the challenge are used to fund Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy trail maintenance activities on the Rachel Carson Trail and the Baker Trail. The Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy Inc. is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting community trails in Western Pennsylvania.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the event.
Information: 412-512-4544 or http://rachelcarsontrails.org/rct/challenge.
Reconstruction of Route 366 under way
A $7.7 million project to improve Route 366 (Bull Creek Road) is under way, meaning restrictions in the work zones through late November.
The project also involves installing a stone matrix asphalt overlay, downspout repairs and spot painting on the Tarentum Bridge.
Among the road improvements will be concrete reconstruction, drainage, concrete curb ramps and mountable curb, sidewalks, guide rail upgrades, side road adjustments or reconstruction, new signs and other enhancements on about 1.6 miles between the New Kensington side of the Tarentum Bridge to the two-lane section of Bull Creek west of the Route 28 interchange.
The prime contractor is Golden Triangle Construction Co. Inc. of Findlay.
Route 910 restrictions begin
Short-term, single-lane alternating traffic patterns are being implemented on Route 910 (Wexford Road).
Crews are drilling to obtain subsurface information for future bridge replacements near the intersection with Pearce Mill Road. Restrictions will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Monday. SJB Services Inc. will perform the work.
First Published June 21, 2012 6:39 am