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Boaters locked out at Freeport, Kittanning

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Recreational boaters will no longer be accommodated at Locks 6 and 7 on the Allegheny River when the Army Corps of Engineers revises operating hours at locks and dams on the river later in the year.

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Effective Dec. 3, Lock 6 in Clinton near Freeport and Lock 7 at Kittanning will be available to commercial traffic by appointment only and will not provide recreational lockages.

Last year, service at Locks 8 and 9 were reduced to commercial appointment lockages only with no recreational lockage service due to budget cuts.

The corps will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Ford City High School, 1100 Fourth Ave., to provide more information about these changes.

The condition of the locks and dams on Pittsburgh waterways remains a national disgrace.

Col. Butch Graham, Pittsburgh district engineer, elaborates:

“The deterioration of the navigation system is outpacing our ability to maintain it with limited funds. We have to invest taxpayer dollars where the return is greatest and impacts of failure are highest.”

Planning ahead for holiday travel? Megabus.com has extended its reservation window through Jan. 8.

In light of the recent court ruling on voter ID, PennDOT has reversed its decision to open all of its driver’s license centers on the Monday before Election Day. Commonwealth Court recently ruled that voters will not be required to show identification at polling places Nov. 6. So centers that are normally closed on Mondays will be closed Nov. 5.

Road work updates:

Interstate 79 in Washington County will be restricted to single-lane traffic in both directions at the Route 40 interchange in South Strabane starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday as work on the overhead bridge continues. Restrictions will be lifted by 7 a.m. daily.

Maintenance will reduce traffic in the Fort Pitt Tunnels to a single lane in both directions after 10 p.m. daily through Friday. Work concludes by 5:30 a.m.

Inspection of the 62nd Street Bridge may cause lane restrictions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday.

Route 65 paving will restrict traffic to an alternating one-way pattern between Chestnut Street and Hazel Lane in Sewickley after 8 p.m. daily through Friday. Single-lane traffic will be in effect from Sewickley to the Beaver County line during the same time. Restrictions will be lifted by 6 a.m. each day.

Work on inlets and a drainage pipe will cause alternating one-way traffic at times on Bakerstown Road between Route 28 and Saxonburg Road in Fawn from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 26. Flag crews will control traffic.

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