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Night restrictions begin Monday
Overnight traffic patterns will change starting Monday on Routes 228, 19 and Freedom Road.
Traffic changes are necessary to allow crews to remove concrete medians and place asphalt pavement for temporary traffic control to facilitate the next phase of work.
Motorists will be affected in both directions on Route 228, on Route 19 south and Freedom Road from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights for at least two weeks or until the work is completed.
• Route 228 - Passing lanes closed both directions.
• Freedom Road - One lane closed to Route 228 to match the new traffic pattern.
• Route 19 south - One left-turn lane shut to Route 228 to match new traffic pattern.
• Interstate 79 - Rolling stop southbound at the Route 528 (Evans City) exit; rolling stop at the northbound Route 910 (Wexford) exit; temporary stop on the northbound ramps at Route 228; temporary stop northbound from the turnpike interchange.
The duration of rolling stops and temporary stops on I-79 will be approximately 15 minutes.
Night work will involve setting barriers on the ramps and removing the overhead power lines along I-79.
AROUND THE NORTH
Chamber members are honored
The Chamber of Commerce Inc., a group that represents the merger of chambers in Cranberry and the North Hills, honored six of its members with business awards during it recent annual meeting in Cranberry.
The honors were:
• Distinguished Business award - First Commonwealth Bank.
• Prestigious Business Leader award - Autumn Edmiston of The Edmiston Group.
• Women Entrepreneur Excellence award - Terri Hammond of Restaurant Echo.
• Young Professional of the Year award - Lisa Hunt of USX Federal Credit Union.
• Veteran in Business award - Bob Delucia of Veteran's Taxi/Star Transportation.
• Outstanding Volunteer Service of the Year award - Bruce Conley of The Computer Coach.
It also marked the final meeting for executive director Susan Balla, who is retiring and the first meeting for Rebecca Martin as president and CEO.
The chamber has some 1,100 business members from southern Butler, northern Allegheny and eastern Beaver counties.
Warrendale Bayne work resumes
Work has resumed this week on a $3.7 million project to improve Warrendale Bayne Road where traffic is being reduced to a single lane in each direction between the northbound Interstate 79 (Exit 75) off-ramp and Harmony Road.
The restrictions will remain in place around-the-clock through mid-August.
The project, which started in August, will improve the road between Route 19 and Brush Creek Road. Work involves reconstructing and widening for additional travel and turn lanes, improved drainage, traffic signals, curb ramp installations, guide rail and bituminous resurfacing.
The project also includes improving the northbound I-79 off-ramp to Warrendale Bayne Road and the intersections of Innovation Drive and Warrendale Bayne Road and Route 19 and Thorn Hill Road.
The prime contractor is the John Gulisek Construction Co. of Mount Pleasant.
Legacy Lineup offers free movies
The Legacy Lineup at Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, will present these free movie matinees at 2 p.m. each Monday in March:
• "Moonrise Kingdom," Monday
• "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," March 11.
• "The Five-Year Engagement," March 18.
• "Darling Companion," March 25.
Tours of Cumberland Woods Village's independent living community will be offered on each date. Information: TheLegacyLineup.com.
Bridge replacement closes highway
Work has begun on replacing the Little Connoquenessing Creek Bridge in Butler County.
The existing bridge, which was built in 1950, was rated as structurally deficient. It will be replaced with a two-lane structure that includes shoulders.
The bridge has been closed, affecting approximately 237 vehicles per day.
Motorists are being detoured along Little Yellow Creek Road, East Lancaster Road, and Route 19.
Work on the $1.5 million bridge replacement project will be done by Mekis Construction Corp., of Fenelton, and is expected to be completed by August.
Duff Bridge is closed for 8 months
The Levi Bird Duff Bridge, which carries Cornell Road over the Parkway North (Interstate 279) closed Monday for a $3 million rehabilitation project.
The 30-year-old bridge, which carries Cornell Road over the parkway, is scheduled to remain closed to vehicles through Nov. 1 but will stay open to pedestrians throughout the project.
The detour route is Route 19, Highland Avenue, Gass Road, Union Avenue, North Starr Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, North Balph Avenue and Bellevue Road.
The work will involve rehabilitation of the structure, resurfacing the deck, installing new strip seal dams, repairing concrete spalls and erecting new protective fencing.
The Port Authority's Route 13 Bellevue bus route will follow Bellevue Road to cross over the Parkway. The bridge will be closed to auto traffic but pedestrian access will be maintained so riders can cross the bridge to access bus stops.
I-79/Route 422 construction
Traffic on Interstate 79 at the Route 422 (Exit 99) interchange in Muddy Creek will be reduced to a single lane in each direction long-term beginning today, weather permitting.
The left lane in both directions will be closed at 7 a.m. and continuing around-the-clock through late March. Crews will continue work to construct temporary crossovers through the median on I-79. One lane will remain open at all times in each direction.
The crossovers are necessary to allow crews to replace the I-79 bridges - one-at-a-time - over Route 422. The northbound bridge on I-79 will be replaced first.
After the crossover construction is complete, single lane traffic in each direction will be shifted to the southbound side of I-79. About 25,000 vehicles use I-79 in this area on an average day.
The $14 million project involves replacing both bridges that carry I-79 over Route 422 and Muddy Creek, reconstruction of various ramps and roadways at the interchange, new overhead sign structures, Intelligent Transportation System installation (one traffic monitoring camera and three digital message signs) and other improvements.
The contractor is the Trumbull Corp. of Pittsburgh. Overall construction will conclude in fall 2014.
First Published March 7, 2013 7:56 am