State pumps money into airports; Banksville trouble ahead

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Allegheny County Airport will get a $512,500 state aviation grant to design and build new hangars, part of $10 million in state money going to projects at 10 airports across Pennsylvania, including three in Western Pennsylvania.

“As I outlined in my transportation proposal, a multimodal transportation system is essential to sustaining and growing our economy. These investments will enhance safety and improve facilities to ensure that regional needs are met while supporting jobs and the local economy,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a news release.

The state has 133 public-use airports and heliports and 15 of them have scheduled commercial service. Other local recipients are the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, $250,000 to construct hangars; and Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Westmoreland County, $612,500 to construct a public safety building.


Short-term lane and shoulder closures are possible on Interstate 79, the Parkway East and the Parkway West from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday during guide rail repairs at the following: I-79 from Bridgeville (Exit 54) and the Parkway West (Exit 59); the Parkway West from Green Tree (Exit 67) to Carnegie (Exit 65); and the Parkway East from Bates Street/Oakland (Exit 73) to Churchill (Exit 79).

Also on the Parkway West, inspections will cause brief lane closures from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday under the following schedule: On Saturday, outbound from Banksville Road to Green Tree; inbound from I-79 to Carnegie. On Sunday, inbound Green Tree to Banksville; inbound from I-79 to Carnegie.

A lane closure and traffic shift on inbound Banksville Road at the Parkway West likely will cause delays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday as crews work on an overhead sign structure. The right inbound lane will be closed from 10 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. in the underpass area before Banksville Road merges with the Parkway West. Crews will be performing overhead sign structure work.

More closures are scheduled during movement of heavy industrial loads on Freeport Road between Ninth Street/C.L. Schmitt Bridge in East Deer and Conroy Way in Tarentum. This round will be from midnight Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday and midnight Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday.

Lane closures are possible on Route 19 between Pine Creek Road and Thon Drive in McCandless from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during core sampling for a future project. Flaggers will control traffic.

Water main construction will close Boyce Road from Lawn Shadow to Summit Ridge drives in South Fayette from 7 a.m. Feb. 27 through March 1. Traffic will detour via Washington Pike, Morganza Road, McMurray Road and Route 19.

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