At roadside, it's volunteers vs. pigs

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Councilman Bob Macey have announced the start of an adopt-a-highway program for county-owned roads and bridges. Allegheny County is teaming with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Allegheny CleanWays to administer the program. Any organization, group or individual 18 or older can adopt a county-owned road or bridge. Volunteers must be 14 or older. Adopters are asked to organize regular roadside cleanups, with a minimum of two events annually. The county will put up a sign recognizing the individual, group or organization adopting each stretch of roadway. For a list of county roads and bridges up for adoption, as well as program requirements and application form, click here.

adoptThe St. Clair Hospital Green Team became the first organization to participate in the program by adopting Bower Hill Road from its intersection with Cochran Road in Mt. Lebanon to Vanadium Road at its intersection with Washington Pike in Bridgeville, a distance of approximately 3.4 miles. The team held its first cleanup in September. Volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash, five bags of recyclables and a shopping cart.

As we reported recently here, there is a serious need for these volunteer efforts as too many Pennsylvanians treat their state as one giant garbage dump. Volunteers in the state program picked more than 6.7 million pounds of garbage from March to May.

Here's the latest from the work zones:

The new bridge that carries eastbound Route 30 traffic over Electric Avenue in North Braddock will open Tuesday, PennDOT announced. Eastbound traffic has been diverted to the westbound side with a single-lane pattern in both directions during construction. When the bridge opens late this afternoon, traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane both ways until Wednesday afternoon, when crews will have removed barriers and restored two lanes in both directions. Next spring, westbound traffic will cross over and the single-lane restrictions both ways will be repeated while the westbound bridge is torn down and replaced. The overall project will conclude late next year.

PennDOT just announced that detours and restrictions will be removed from the Broughton Road-Baptist Road intersection in Bethel Park by Nov. 30. There's another season of work scheduled there starting in the spring.

The schedule for overnight closures of the outbound Fort Pitt Tunnel has changed. The tunnel will close at 10 p.m. on the following days with reopening by 5 a.m. the following mornings: Nov. 26, 28, 29 and Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10. Detour is via the West End Bypass.

Crash barrier repairs will cause restrictions on the eastbound Fort Pitt Connector approaching Stanwix Street and the Parkway East from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Port Authority will operate on holiday transit schedules on Thanksgiving day, then regular service on Friday. Customer service phone lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday but the Downtown Service Center will be closed. Two events will detour service this weekend: On Thanksgiving morning, buses will be detoured Downtown and on the North Shore by the annual Turkey Trot race. On Saturday, buses will be detoured by the My Macy’s Holiday Parade in Downtown. Details on those detours will be posted at

The park-n-ride lot at Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department in Plum will be closed for several months starting later this week, Port Authority announced Tuesday. The 110-space lot, owned by the fire department, will be closed for its annual Christmas tree sale from Thanksgiving until Christmas. The lot will not reopen after Christmas as in previous years. The fire department is working to expand its building and the lot will remain closed through approximately April. Fliers have been placed on vehicles parked at the lot to alert riders of the closure. The lot serves the P12 Holiday Park Flyer bus route.

The northbound Interstate 79 ramp to eastbound I-70 in Washington County will close from 8 p.m. Nov. 28 to 6 a.m. Nov. 29 as the big interchange project rolls on. The closure will allow placement of bridge beams. Traffic will use Exit 33 at Laboratory and Routes 40 and 519 to get to I-70.

Pebbles Road will close to through traffic between Hemlock and Presidential drives in McCandless from 7 a.m. next Tuesday (Nov. 27) through early January for drain pipe installation. The road will be open to local traffic only.

PennDOT has postponed traffic restrictions on Mifflin Road between Slate Street and Doerrville Avenue in Hays that were scheduled for next week.

Equitable Gas will close the right lane on the westbound side of the Jerome Street Bridge that carries West Fifth Avenue-Lysle Boulevard over the Youghiogheny River in McKeesport. The lane will closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for gas line maintenance.

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