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Megabus offering 200,000 free rides

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Megabus.com, the intercity bus operation that serves Pittsburgh and 120 other North American cities, is offering 200,000 free trips from Jan. 9 to Feb. 28 in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the website and enter the promotional code TRYMEGABUS. (Note: You might have to hunt around a little to find the free trips. The promotion is only available at selected times to selected cities.)

Before we get to the latest patch of road work advisories, we invite you to do a good deed for underprivileged kids by donating to the Goodfellows Fund. Click here. It’s easy, you’ll feel good and you’ll get your name (or tribute message) in the newspaper!

The northbound Route 28 off-ramp to Etna and the ramp from Bridge Street to southbound Route 28 in Etna will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to allow Lamar Advertising to change out billboards. The northbound detour is via the 62nd Street Bridge off-ramp to a left on Bridge Street and left on either Freeport or Butler streets. The southbound detour is to continue on Bridge Street to a left on Butler to reach the Route 28 ramp.

Lamar also will be yours to thank for periodic lane closures on Route 65 between Interstate 79 and River Road-Redgate Road in Glenfield and Haysville from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday while it trims trees.

Inspection of overhead signs will cause occasional lane closures from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday on the Parkway East between Churchill and the Pennsylvania Turnpike; the Sunday restrictions will be outbound only.

Here’s a sad commentary: lane closures caused by litterbugs. PennDOT crews will occasionally close the left lane on northbound Route 28 between Etna and the Highland Park Bridge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through next Thursday for “work to remove excessive litter,” according to the department.

Traffic was being shifted to the left on inbound Route 28 today (Thursday) to accommodate continuing construction between the former Millvale Industrial Park and the 31st Street Bridge. Lane closures are possible before 3 p.m.

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