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Ride of Silence to honor felled bicyclists

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

The 10th Ride of Silence will take place Wednesday evening, starting in Oakland. It is meant to honor those killed or injured while bicycle riding in Pittsburgh and to raise public awareness of the need for drivers and bicyclists to share the road and be safe.

The event and 10-mile ride will begin at the dinosaur statue at Forbes Avenue at Schenley Drive with 45 minutes of ceremony starting at 6:15 p.m., followed by the ride. Organizers are focusing on the mayoral campaign as the May 21 primary nears, and will follow a course that passes as many campaign offices as possible. Expected to attend is Dan Yablonsky, who was severely injured in a hit-and-run crash one year ago. For more on the event, click here.

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Reminder: Nearly two miles of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail on the North Shore will be off-limits through Friday during a construction project. Friends of the Riverfront announced that the project will occur on the crushed limestone section along the Allegheny River, from 600 River Ave. to the Three Rivers Rowing Club Boathouse in Millvale. The work includes correcting drainage problems, elevating the trail and resurfacing it with reclaimed asphalt and sealant. Trailhead parking lots along River Avenue also will be closed.

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The Bethel Branch of the Montour Trail will hold its 8th annual J.R. Taylor Memorial 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, June 1. Proceeds support trail and bridge maintenance and improvements along the trail. Participants can register (fee $20 through Friday, $25 thereafter) at www.runhigh.com. Forms also are available at boards along the trail.

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roadconstructionWork on a two-year $6.3 million construction project on Route 65 from Emsworth to the McKees Rocks Bridge was scheduled to begin today. About five miles of the road will be milled and resurfaced. The initial work will cause short-term lane closures overnight starting at 8 p.m. and concluding by 6 a.m. for about two weeks. Traffic eventually will be reduced to one lane in both directions around the clock.

Elsewhere on Route 65, bridge inspection will cause periodic lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday in the area between Dickson Street and Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon.

The final phase of realignment of Brownsville Road at Curry Hollow Road was scheduled to begin this morning as an $8.6 million project to improve traffic flow through the area continues. An alternating one-way pattern will be in effect on Brownsville from Willard Drive to Curry Hollow Road with flaggers controlling traffic from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through May 24. Paving will cause restrictions on Brownsville at Fifth and Sixth streets during the same hours through Friday, the department said. The project to realign Brownsville, Broughton and Curry Hollow Roads in South Park, Baldwin Borough and Pleasant Hills, will continue into the fall.

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A major construction project will cause restrictions, road and ramp closures along Route 837 in Clairton, West Elizabeth and Jefferson Hills starting today. The work is at the interchange with Route 51 north of the Elizabeth Bridge. These traffic changes are part of the project and will be in place around the clock through mid-July:

Route 837 will be narrowed to one 10-foot lane in both directions from Burnett Street to St. Clair Street in Clairton; southbound Route 837 will be closed at the interchange with Route 51 and traffic will detour using the on-ramp to Route 51 and the ramp from Route 51 back to Route 837. Northbound Route 837 will remain open. The ramp from northbound Route 837 to southbound Route 51 will be closed, as will the southbound Route 51 ramp to northbound Route 837. Detours have been posted.

Nearby on Route 51, temporary lane restrictions are possible at several intersections during traffic signal work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through May 24. The affected intersections are at Weigles Hill Road in Elizabeth Township, Lewis Run Road in Pleasant Hills and Peters Creek Road, Old Clairton Road, Jefferson Boulevard and Coal Valley Road in  Jefferson Hills.

Emergency work to repair an inlet box has closed the southbound right lane on Route 48-Mosside Boulevard between Daugherty Drive and Gateway Campus Boulevard in Monroeville. The lane was expected to reopen this week.

More work on Route 50: Short-term lane closures are possible weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Hope Hollow Road in Scott to Boden Avenue in Carnegie. Overnight lane closures are possible after 8 p.m. daily. Crews will patch and repave.

Northbound Seventh Street in Downtown Pittsburgh is closed between Liberty and Penn avenues by construction in front of the Benedum Center.

Restriping of the 10th Street Bypass will cause ramp closures and lane restrictions on Tuesday. The Fort Duquesne Bridge off-ramp to the bypass and the eastbound left lane of the bypass will be closed from 10 a.m. to noon. The Fort Pitt Bridge off-ramp to the bypass and the eastbound right lane will close from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Traffic will be detoured from the bridges to Fort Duquesne Boulevard.

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