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Litter bit of luck for PennDOT

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

We’ll start today with a bit of good news: Pennsylvania’s was one of five state transportation departments recognized with partnership awards from the Keep America Beautiful organization.

“To reduce roadside litter and illegal dumping, KAB state affiliates must develop effective public-private partnerships,” said Keep America Beautiful president and CEO Matt McKenna in a statement. “Our State Department of Transportation Partner Awards represents the fine work that state DOTs achieve with their respective KAB state affiliate partners.”

“Keeping Pennsylvania beautiful is so important to our citizens and our communities, and that is obvious by the number of volunteers who get involved,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch in a statement. “It’s a great cause that reduces roadside litter and illegal dumping, while reducing costs to do so.”


roadworkaheadShoppers beware! The Amity Street railroad crossing at The Waterfront will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The right lane on Chateau Street in the area of the Route 65 Marshall Avenue interchange has been closed long-term as part of the continuing reconstruction of the interchange. It will be closed around-the-clock between Adams Street and Beaver Avenue through late September to allow crews to rehabilitate overhead bridges.

Inspection of sign structures will cause inbound lane closures on Banksville Road near the Parkway West from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and on the ramp from the outbound Parkway West to Interstate 79 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Short-term lane closures are possible on Washington Road between Connor and Gilkeson roads and Ordale Boulevard in Mt. Lebanon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 22 as crews do research for a future project.

Overnight lane closures are possible in both directions on the Parkway West from the split at Business Loop 376 to Pittsburgh International Airport starting at 10 p.m. daily through Feb. 15. Drilling and research is underway for a future project.

Freeport Road will be closed from Ninth Street and the C.L. Schmitt Bridge in East Deer to Conroy Way in Tarentum from midnight today to 7 a.m. Tuesday and from midnight Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday as Fagioli Inc. moves oversized loads through the area.

Drainage work that has closed a portion of Peebles Road in McCandless since late November will continue through Feb. 15. Completion of the work has been delayed by bad weather, PennDOT said.

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