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Your chance to comment on $4.7 billion in transportation spending

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

If you have an interest in how $4.7 billion in public money will be spent for transportation improvements in the region over the next four years, here’s your chance to comment.

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission will hold a public meeting on the draft 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Program at 6 p.m. Monday at its conference center, fourth floor of Two Chatham Center, 112 Washington Place in Downtown Pittsburgh. Comments can also be mailed to the commission at SPC Comments, Two Chatham Center, Suite 500, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh 15219 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but must be in by 4 p.m. July 18.

Here’s our June 23 story about the plan, which increases spending by 52 percent thanks to the state’s new transportation funding law.

Here’s the plan itself. The meaty stuff is in Appendixes 6, 7 and 8.

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Bicycle enthusiasts rarely like hearing from motorists about their alleged sins -- disobedience of traffic laws, riding on sidewalks, slowing traffic -- but they’ve got to be chewing their spokes over this column in The Washington Post, in which the writer says some drivers might think the $500 fine for hitting a bicyclist is worth it. Read it here.

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In case you missed it, here’s the report by the PG’s Robert Zullo on Mayor Bill Peduto’s announcement of the first three protected bike-only lanes in Pittsburgh, coming to you by Labor Day.

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menatworkA reminder that there will be no full closure of the outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel this week. PennDOT has postponed it indefinitely. Overnight lane closures continue, and the outbound tunnel has had backups on Saturdays, when the contractor on the rehab project is allowed to keep a lane shut until 10 a.m.

If you’re jonesing for a traffic jam, you might try Route 60 in Robinson, where paving will cause alternating one-way traffic from Old Steubenville Pike to Hightower Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Another reminder: the outbound Liberty Tunnel will be closed around the clock from 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. July 28 as painting of the tunnel walls continues. The outbound tunnel will close at 8 p.m. today and Thursday and reopen by 6 a.m. the following morning.

Lane closures will occur on the Parkway East in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday and Sunday during inspection of the Smithfield Street Bridge. An inbound lane will close from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday; an outbound lane will close during the same hours on Sunday.

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