Traveling to Russia to cover the Olympics is not supposed to be hard. In fact, they really try to make it pretty easy on you. For journalists, your official Olympic credential functions as a visa and helps you maneuver your way through customs in Moscow and then on to Sochi.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will close one of the bridges carrying Route 910 over the pike on Monday for a 10-month replacement project.
The posted detour is about 14 miles, and follows Saxonburg Boulevard, Harts Run Road and Middle Road back to Route 910. The bridge is one of six crossing the turnpike in the area that are being replaced to prepare for widening the highway to six lanes. The bridge is at mile 42.65. Completion is scheduled for December.
Another bridge project in the area will cause a full closure of the turnpike in both directions between Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley from 11:59 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. Traffic will be detoured via Route 8, Route 28, Route 910 and Freeport Road. Local traffic using Rich Hill Road in this vicinity will experience 15-minute stoppages during the five-hour period as crews erect beams for the bridge over the turnpike there.
Westbound Interstate 70 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday about a half-mile east of West Alexander (Exit 1) in Washington County. Crews will replace damaged expansion dams on a bridge.
Tale from the T: Several disabled vehicles caused delays and detours on the Light Rail Transit system this morning. PG's Sean Hamill reports waiting at Allegheny Station for 30 minutes, with no announcement on the public address system about when the next vehicle would arrive. He finally gave up and walked to town.
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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "There's still a lot to clean up. There are still things we can do better. It's all about the turnovers we're making. But it is a step in the right direction." - Brandon Sutter.
-The Olean Times Herald's recap. “It doesn’t cross my mind. Every game’s independent and every game’s new." - Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller on his poor career numbers against the Penguins.
-The Buffalo News' recap. “The first period we were just in awe watching them do their thing." - Sabres coach Ted Nolan on the Penguins.
-The Associated Press' recap. ''We have 30-some games before the playoffs to make sure we're running on all cylinders, and make sure we're the best team going into the playoffs.'' - Chris Kunitz.
-Sidney Crosby couldn't beat Miller or Jamie McBain here:
-Ditto Evgeni Malkin:
-A good look at Miller's lid:
-Mike Lange's goal calls.
-Dan Bylsma speaks:
-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:
-"Sometimes, the guys keeping the stats, I swear they’re sleeping. It’s so arbitrary. If we’re going to keep the stats, they should make them credible and make them legit.” - Tanner Glass on how NHL statistics are kept.
-"I remember sitting down next to Mario and they had a poster night. I asked him to sign it and he asked for who and I said, 'to me.' I still got it at home. It's 'To Teddy.' That's it." - Nolan on playing with Mario Lemieux on the 1985-86.
-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Colin Campbell (right). A second-round pick in 1973, Campbell spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. After spending 1973-74 with the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA, Campbell made his NHL debut in 1974-75 with the Penguins. He played in 59 games and scored 19 points. During that spring's postseason, he appeared in nine games and recorded four points. He followed that up in 1975-76 by seeing action in 64 games and netting 17 points. In the 1976 postseaseon, he played in three games and failed to record a point. During the 1976 postseason, he was transfered to the Colorado Rockies as compensation for the Penguins signing Denis Herron. He returned to the Penguins in the 1977 offseason. The 1977-78 season saw him appear in 55 games and net 10 points. His final season in Pittsburgh was 1978-79. He played in 65 games and set a career-high with 20 points. During that spring's postseason, he appeared in seven games and recorded five points. In the 1979 offseason, he was claimed by the Oilers in an expansion draft. In 243 regular season games for the Penguins, Campbell scored 66 points. In 19 postseason games, he scored nine points. Campbell is currently an executive with the NHL.
-After the Jump: Jordan Staal scores a pretty goal and the Coyotes want an outdoor game?