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Montour Trail working to fill a gap

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

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The Montour Trail Council is making great progress on a project that will eventually eliminate a 600- to 700-foot gap in the trail near Route 19 in Peters. A contractor has completed construction of abutments for the first of two bridges that are needed to span the gap and expects to place the 100-foot bridge structure on Wednesday or Thursday.

That bridge will be part of a westward extension (shown in red) from the Arrowhead Trail to a point directly across Valley Brook Road from where the trail resumes. When it is complete this summer, users will no longer have to travel along Valley Brook -- they’ll only have to cross it.

A bridge over Valley Brook to complete the connection is a longer-term goal.

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More happy trails: Work to resurface the Three Rivers Heritage Trail on the North Shore is progressing well, according to Scott Baxter, executive director of Friends of the Riverfront. Chronic drainage issues have been corrected and reclaimed asphalt is being put down. If the weather holds, the first of two top layers will go in Wednesday, the second on Thursday. Meanwhile, that section of trail, from 660 River Ave. to the Three Rivers Rowing Association, remains closed this week. Mr. Baxter offered thanks to the Laurel Foundation, Hillman Family Foundations and They Working Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation for underwriting the project.

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There are all sorts of online calculators for determining how much alcohol puts you over the DUI limit, currently 0.08 but if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way, reduced to 0.05. According to the calculator of Progressive Insurance, a 180-pound male passes the lower limit with three 12-ounce beers in an hour. A 120-pound female goes well past 0.05 with two drinks in an hour. Even if she nurses those two cocktails for two hours, our hypothetical female is right at the proposed limit. A 220-pound guy doesn’t go over the proposed line until the fourth drink in one hour.

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Yellow Cab announced that military personnel in uniform will get free cab service from Pittsburgh International Airport to anywhere in Allegheny County through the end of this year and possibly beyond. “With Memorial Day approaching, we thought this was the ideal time to introduce the program,” said Jamie Campolongo, CEO of Pittsburgh Transportation Group.

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roadworkaheadSquirrel Hill Tunnel reminder No. 656: Closed outbound this weekend from 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday.

Water line work will cause alternating one-way traffic on Scrubgrass Road in Scott from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through late June, with some weekend work possible. The site is at a culvert at Scrubgrass Run.
 
Repairs to concrete median barriers will cause left-lane closures in both directions on the Parkway East in Oakland starting two hours after the Penguins game ends tonight, and in both directions from Penn Hills to Monroeville starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Work concludes by 5 a.m.

Here's another map of the Route 837 project we talked about in Monday's post, this one not drawn by an amateur. Details of the closures and restrictions are in the prior post.

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