Railroads to photographers: Stay away

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

We begin today with an unusual but eminently sensible plea from Operation Lifesaver of Pennsylvania, a rail safety organization, to professional photographers. It is asking them to refrain from shooting school, wedding or prom pictures on train tracks or trestles. From Don Lubinsky, executive director:

“We know that photographers seek creative portrait settings; however, using train tracks as a backdrop for photos is not only dangerous, it is illegal trespassing. This spring, as part of our mission to reduce deaths and injuries around trains, we are asking professional and amateur photographers to set the right example by staying away from train tracks.”

In December, a California high school art teacher and photographer was struck and killed by a train while taking photos on the tracks. In response, Operation Lifesaver has worked with Professional Photographers of America on rail safety education outreach. Here’s David Trust, CEO of the PPA:

“Trackside settings have become popular for senior, wedding, and family portraits. But photographers need to know the laws and the safety ramifications of staging a photo shoot near train tracks. PPA applauds Operation Lifesaver programs that educate photographers about the danger to themselves and their clients of working near tracks.”


roadworkaheadTraffic restrictions for a major reconstruction project will begin Monday on Route 19-Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will hold an informational meeting for the public on Monday night. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 710 Washington Road. As the meeting begins, water line relocation by Pennsylvania American Water will start, closing the northbound lanes of Washington Road from Gilkeson and Connor roads to Terrace Drive. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in both directions using the southbound side of the road starting at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and continuing until 5 a.m. the next day. The official start of the $5.6 million PennDOT project is April 22. It calls for milling and resurfacing Washington Road from the intersection at Connor and Gilkeson to Alfred Street in the heart of the business district. It also will reconfigure the Connor-Gilkeson intersection, adding a second eastbound through lane from Gilkeson to Connor to eliminate a bottleneck. Traffic signals will be upgraded through the corridor.

More Route 65 restrictions from Chestnut Street in Sewickley to the Beaver County line will occur weekdays starting Monday and continuing through the end of the month. Crews will paint crosswalks, do electrical work, repair guiderail, install ADA ramps, stain concrete wall and perform other minor tasks to complete the project. Short-term single lane closures will occur as needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

The ramp connecting the Liberty Bridge to northbound Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday while crews place concrete to construct a drainage system above a retaining wall.

Fort Pitt Tunnel washing will close an inbound lane overnight starting at 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday and an outbound lane at 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Work wraps by 5 a.m. daily.

Maple Avenue in Wilmerding will be closed from Second Street to Middle Avenue from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays starting Monday and continuing through early October during work on retaining walls.

Route 22 will have rolling lane closures between the Oakdale interchange and the Washington County line as crews continue research for a future project from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through April 26.

Expansion of the Route 19 intersection at Freeport Road in Marshall will begin Monday, with crews adding a right-turn lane from northbound Route 19 to Freeport Road, two left-turn lanes from Freeport Road to southbound Route 19 and a turn lane from Freeport to northbound Route 19. Other improvements include new traffic signals, signage, curbing, ADA ramps, drainage and widening. Lane closures will be possible weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. through mid-July.

DON’T GET BLINDSIDED ... there’s more! Read the previous post and stay out of harm’s way this weekend.

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