Namely, members of the Southside Slopes Neighborhood Association, who take charge of their steps. In the top photo, a group of residents paint the railings along the Eleanor Street steps. In the photo at left, the Cologne Street steps have been closed since October, said Adam Jette, a resident who volunteers for Step Trek.
Here's a little quiz for those who drive in Downtown Pittsburgh. Good luck to all!!!!
1. What does the following sign require drivers to do?
2. This white line, which appears at most signalized intersections before the crosswalk, is called a "stop line." Why is it called that?
3. For how long is it permissible to continue through an intersection after a traffic signal of this color ....
turns to this color?
4. What traffic movement does this sign prohibit, and during what period?
Stumped? You can find the answers here.
American Airlines will add daily nonstop flights to and from Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 27. The flights will depart PIT at 4:30 p.m. and arrive at LAX at 6:50 p.m. The return flight will depart LAX at 8:10 a.m. and arrive at PIT at 3:30 p.m. The aircraft will be a Boeing 737 with 16 first-class seats and 134 coach seats.
Pennsylvania American Water will have a ceremony on Friday to celebrate the completion of $100 million of upgrades to the Hays Mine treatment plant and Becks Run pumping station. Safe to say that drivers who use Becks Run Road will be popping corks in relief that the many traffic restrictions they've endured for the past two years will be behind them.
PennDOT has tentatively set May 24 for reopening the city end of the 31st Street Bridge.
Another weekend closure of the outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel is scheduled from 11 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday. There is no closure scheduled over the Memorial Day weekend, but the inbound tunnel is slated for shutdowns on the first two weekends in June.
Lane closures are possible on these bridges today and Friday: Westinghouse Bridge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today; Tarentum Bridge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today; McKees Rocks Bridge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
Overhead sign inspections on the Parkway North, including the HOV lanes, are scheduled today and may cause lane closures at various places between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Traffic signal work may cause lane closures on McKnight Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 24 at Babcock Boulevard, Duncan Avenue, Cumberland Road and Arcadia Drive.
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Charles Ajalat, an Eastern Orthodox activist from California who helped to start the FOCUS social service agency in the Hill District, is trying to get Congress to apply pressure regarding the kidnapping of two Syrian Orthodox bishops on April 22, 2013.
It’s unclear who is holding them: both the government of Syria and the rebels fighting them have blamed each other. Some accounts claim that Chechen militants who have come to Syria to support the rebels are to blame. Although the kidnapping of Christian clergy for ransom has become common during the civil war, no demand for ransom has been made public. At the time they were abducted the two bishops were returning from a failed attempt to negotiate the release of two priests -- one Orthodox and one Armenian Catholic -- who had been kidnapped nearly three months earlier.
One of the kidnapped prelates, Bishop Paul Yazigi, is Greek Orthodox, while Bishop John Ibrahim is Syriac. Bishop Ibrahim has life-threatening high blood pressure and diabetes, and is said to be in dire need of medication. The case has drawn
strong ecumenical support. Pope Francis has called for their release and on May 11 a large group of Eastern Catholics held a special Mass in Rome to pray for both the captive bishops and the priests they tried to free.
The Montour Trail Council is making great progress on a project that will eventually eliminate a 600- to 700-foot gap in the trail near Route 19 in Peters. A contractor has completed construction of abutments for the first of two bridges that are needed to span the gap and expects to place the 100-foot bridge structure on Wednesday or Thursday.
That bridge will be part of a westward extension (shown in red) from the Arrowhead Trail to a point directly across Valley Brook Road from where the trail resumes. When it is complete this summer, users will no longer have to travel along Valley Brook -- they’ll only have to cross it.
A bridge over Valley Brook to complete the connection is a longer-term goal.
More happy trails: Work to resurface the Three Rivers Heritage Trail on the North Shore is progressing well, according to Scott Baxter, executive director of Friends of the Riverfront. Chronic drainage issues have been corrected and reclaimed asphalt is being put down. If the weather holds, the first of two top layers will go in Wednesday, the second on Thursday. Meanwhile, that section of trail, from 660 River Ave. to the Three Rivers Rowing Association, remains closed this week. Mr. Baxter offered thanks to the Laurel Foundation, Hillman Family Foundations and They Working Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation for underwriting the project.
There are all sorts of online calculators for determining how much alcohol puts you over the DUI limit, currently 0.08 but if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way, reduced to 0.05. According to the calculator of Progressive Insurance, a 180-pound male passes the lower limit with three 12-ounce beers in an hour. A 120-pound female goes well past 0.05 with two drinks in an hour. Even if she nurses those two cocktails for two hours, our hypothetical female is right at the proposed limit. A 220-pound guy doesn’t go over the proposed line until the fourth drink in one hour.
Yellow Cab announced that military personnel in uniform will get free cab service from Pittsburgh International Airport to anywhere in Allegheny County through the end of this year and possibly beyond. “With Memorial Day approaching, we thought this was the ideal time to introduce the program,” said Jamie Campolongo, CEO of Pittsburgh Transportation Group.
Squirrel Hill Tunnel reminder No. 656: Closed outbound this weekend from 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday.
Water line work will cause alternating one-way traffic on Scrubgrass Road in Scott from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through late June, with some weekend work possible. The site is at a culvert at Scrubgrass Run.
Repairs to concrete median barriers will cause left-lane closures in both directions on the Parkway East in Oakland starting two hours after the Penguins game ends tonight, and in both directions from Penn Hills to Monroeville starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Work concludes by 5 a.m.
Here's another map of the Route 837 project we talked about in Monday's post, this one not drawn by an amateur. Details of the closures and restrictions are in the prior post.
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