Erie County News

Route 97 Bridge in Erie County to be Replaced

Oil City, PA – A 93-year-old structurally deficient bridge on Route 97 in Union Township, Erie County, will be replaced in a project scheduled to get under way this summer.

The nine-foot-long bridge on Route 97 over a tributary to the South Branch of French Creek is located just east of the intersection with Union Leboeuf Road, and about 1.3 miles west of Union City Borough.

The existing concrete slab bridge was built in 1924, and is classified as structurally deficient. It will be replaced with a reinforced concrete box culvert. On average, about 7,000 vehicles a day use the bridge.

Work is expected to begin on June 12, 2017.

The road is expected to be closed to traffic on June 20, 2017, and reopened on June 25, 2017, when the project is scheduled to be complete.

During the anticipated six-day-long closure, a detour will be posted using Route 6 and Route 2003 (Flatt Road).


The contractor is Chivers Construction Company, Inc. of Fairview, PA. The contract cost is $395,804.17, which is to be paid entirely with state funds. This project was made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.


Lane Restrictions to Begin on Interchange Road in Erie County

Oil City, PA – Lane restrictions are expected to begin next week on a project that will make Interchange Road/Zimmerly Road in Millcreek Township a safer and more efficient road for motorists to travel.

Short-term lane restrictions during daylight work hours at the Interchange Road bridge over Interstate 79 are scheduled to begin Monday, March 27, and continue through that week.

Longer-term lane restrictions on the bridge are expected to be established on April 3, as work gets under way to remove the raised median barrier on the bridge and establish turn lanes.

The project will improve approximately 1.5 miles of Interchange Road/Zimmerly Road from a point just west of the intersection with Zuck Road to the intersection with Route 19 (Peach Street).

Work will widen Zimmerly Road from three lanes to five lanes from Zuck Road to Interstate 79 and replace an existing 166-foot-long bridge over Walnut Creek.

The raised median on the bridge that carries Interchange Road over Interstate 79 will be removed to permit the addition of new left turn lanes for traffic to access northbound and southbound on-ramps.

Traffic signals will be upgraded and additional turn lanes will be added at the intersections with Route 99 (Edinboro Road) and Peach Street. Work on Interchange Road between Route 99 and Peach Street will improve drainage to alleviate flooding issues.

The contractor is Swank Construction Company of New Kensington PA. The contract cost is $20,997,745.61, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.

This project was made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.

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Pittsburgh Woman Hurt in Union Twp Rollover

A 19 year old Pittsburgh woman is listed as suffering from a possible injury stemming from a rollover crash Tuesday morning along State Route 8 in Union Township, Erie County. 

The Corry State Police report Taylor McBride was driving a Jeep Liberty north on Route 8 about a quarter mile south of Lincolnville Road when she passed another vehicle in the left lane.  She lost control of her SUV and went off the roadway and into a ditch.  The Jeep rolled over onto its roof where it came to a stop. 


McBride was taken to Titusville Area Hospital by Union City Fire and EMS.  A passenger, 20 year old Jaquan J. Harrell of Philadelphia was not injured.  


North East School Bus Overturns, 7 Students Hurt

Winter weather conditions are believed to have been the cause of a school bus overturning in  a ditch  in North East, Erie County Tuesday afternoon.  According to a published report on Erie News seven students on the bus were injured and transported to UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie after the bus slid while engaging a tight  curve in the roadway at shortly after 4 pm on Mallick Road one and half miles east of the intersection with Gulf and Findley Lake Road.  It is reported 17 children  were on board the bus, all but one elementary school students.  One student was high schooler.  Reports indicate none of the injuries was thought to be life threatening.  The driver was checked out and appears to be okay.  Reports indicate officials of the North East School District will examine the accident.  


Speeding Driver Rolls Car, Thrown Through Windshield

A 19 year old McKean woman was life flighted to Hamot Hospital in Erie following a rollover crash late Saturday afternoon in Amity Township in which she was thrown from her car. 


The Corry state police report Kendra Phillips was driving a P/T Cruiser north on state route 8 about a quarter mile south of Arbuckle Road shortly before 5 pm.  Police say she was driving too fast for the condition of the roadway and lost control of her car.  Police report the car when off the roadway and struck a mailbox on the right side of the road.  The car then rolled over and in the process, Phillips was thrown from the car through the windshield.  Police report the car came to a final stop about 60 feet off the roadway.  Phillips was found in the snow just south of the car.  She was transported to Union City High School and was airlifted to the hospital from their with suspected serious injuries.  


Union City Teen Charged with Assault

A 16 year old Union City boy is charged with simple assault and harassment in Juvenile Court following a Tuesday afternoon incident at private residence along U.S. Route 6 in Union Township, Erie County.   The Corry state police say an unidentified 39 year old man from Union City and the youth became involved in a heated verbal argument.  Police say the boy allegedly punch the man in the back of the head.


BLCE Erie District 8 Handled 55 Complaints in February

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement District Enforcement Office 8 in Erie is out with its February statistical report.  In all the officers and agents handled 55 complaints, conducted 9 age compliance checks, (none of which were found to be in violation), issued six violation letters, issued 27 Warning letters, issued one citation for underage consumption and or possession and made two criminal arrests. 


The officers are assigned to the office to enforce liquor laws and related provision approximately 1100 establishment licensed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in the counties of Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren.  


City of Corry Lays Off Half of It's DPW Staff

Budget concerns are forcing the City of Corry to layoff half of its public works staff.  According to a story carried by five of the department's eleven employees are being temporarily laid off.  The move begins Monday, March 13 and does not include management.  City management says the workers will be recalled in mid-May when tax revenue comes into the city and road projects begin.  The city expects to save over $38,000 in wages and benefits until then as it also freezes seasonal workers for this year and limits services such as pot hole patching and preventative maintenance.  


Burglars Hit Union City Home

The Corry state police are probing an alleged burglary of a Union City home sometime between January first this year and March first last week.  The troopers report unknown persons forcibly gained entrance into a shed on the property of James Kalkamp, 48, or 87 Elm Street.  Police say once inside the shed, the suspects then stole a number of items including a 40 foot aluminum ladder, a table top band saw, fishing poles, two shovels and a set of four wheeler ramps.  The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Corry State Police at 814-663-2043.


3 Adults, 2 Babies Ok After 2 Car Wayne Twp Crash

There are no reported injuries in a two car crash that also involved having small children in a car.  This crash happened Friday afternoon at 3:45 in Wayne Township Erie County along U.S. Route 6 about three quarters of a mile west of West Washington Street Extension near Hillendale farm. 

Police say a Ford Focus driven by 18 year old Robert Brown of Corry was approaching stopped traffic due to a vehicle turning.  The small car was reported to be proceeding west bound on Route 6.  Police Filisha Ingram, 21 of Corry, driving a Ford Fusion Sedan and carrying an adult passenger, 24 year old Brittany Proper and two small children including 6 month old boy and an infant girl, was traveling West on Route 6 when she notice Brown's car stopped.  Ingram tried to slow the car but began sliding.  Police in an attempt to avoid colliding with Brown's car, Ingram began to veer right and crashed into the smaller car at the five o'clock position.  Brown's Ford Focus  sustained minor right rear bumper damage, and a bent and flat right rear tire.  Ingram's car came to a stop on the north side of the highway in front of Brown's car. 


Leroy's Towing removed both vehicles from the accident scene.  All involved in the crash in each car were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.  

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