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Repair Work to Begin on Kidds Mill Bridge in Mercer County

Oil City, PA – Repairs are underway on the Kidds Mill

Bridge – a covered bridge over the Shenango River in

Pymatuning Township, Mercer County. 

The 122-foot-long timber truss bridge was built in 1868 and is located on Township Road 471 (West Kidds Mill Road) one-half mile east of Route 18. The bridge is owned by Mercer County and is closed to vehicular traffic. 

Work will involve straightening a lean and sag on the bridge and repairing roof members. 

The contractor is Allison Park Contractors, Inc., of Gibsonia PA. The contract cost is $132,500, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds. 

Pedestrian access to the nearby canoe launch, park area, and hiking trail will be maintained during the project. 

 

Work began last week and is scheduled to be completed by May 31.  

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Schedule Revised for Route 718/760 Project in Mercer County, Inclement Weather Delays Improvement Project Start

Oil City – Due to the inclement weather and cold weather earlier this month, the start of an improvement project on Route 718/760 in the City of Sharon starts today following a week's delay. 

A detour associated with the project is to begin on March Wednesday.  The project had previously been expected to begin on March 20, with the detour to begin March 22

The work marks the beginning of the third and final phase of a multi-year improvement project designed to make Route 718/760 in Mercer County a safer, more efficient and more attractive travel corridor.

Phase 3 of the project take place in 2017 and 2018 construction seasons and focus on a one-half-mile long section of Route 718/ Route 760 (South Dock Street) in the City of Sharon.

Work in 2017 will involve the area of South Dock Street from just south of Orchard Street to a point near the Metalico recycling plant. Company drive. Work will include road reconstruction and updated traffic signals, sidewalks, lighting and drainage.

Detours will be required during construction.

Route 7I8/760 in the project area will remain open for southbound traffic throughout the construction, but will be closed to northbound traffic. A detour for northbound traffic will be posted using Route 18 and East State Street (Route 3008).

At some point in mid-summer, traffic restrictions will impact Wayne Place and Orchard Street at their intersections with South Dock Street. Detours will be announced then and posted.

Work in 2018 on South Dock Street will extend from the Metalico recycling plant to Bank Place, located just north of Connelly Boulevard. Work will include road reconstruction, updated sidewalks, lighting and drainage and construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of South Dock Street and Connelly Boulevard.

The contractor is Kirila Contractors of Brookfield, Ohio. The contract cost is $4,122,048.62, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds.

 

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers

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Closure Scheduled for North Main Street in Greenville Borough

Oil City – North Main Street is scheduled to be closed at its intersection with Leech Road (Route 4017) in Greenville Borough, Mercer County, on Friday, March 24, 2017, due to sewer line work.

 

The road is expected to reopen on Saturday. A detour will be posted. Access to the UPMC Horizon hospital will be maintained.

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Repair Work to Begin on Kidds Mill Bridge in Mercer County

Oil City, PA – Repairs are expected to begin next week on the Kidds Mill Bridge – a covered bridge over the Shenango River in Pymatuning Township, Mercer County. 

The 122-foot-long timber truss bridge was built in 1868 and is located on Township Road 471 (West Kidds Mill Road) one-half mile east of Route 18. The bridge is owned by Mercer County and is closed to vehicular traffic. 

Work will involve straightening a lean and sag on the bridge and repairing roof members. 

The contractor is Allison Park Contractors, Inc., of Gibsonia PA. The contract cost is $132,500, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds. 

Pedestrian access to the nearby canoe launch, park area, and hiking trail will be maintained during the project. 

Work is expected to start on Monday, March 20, weather permitting, and is scheduled to be completed by May 31, 2017. 

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras. 

 

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Schedule Revised for Route 718/760 Project in Mercer County Inclement Weather Delays Improvement Project Start

Oil City – Due to the current inclement weather and projected cold weather next week, the start of an improvement project on Route 718/760 in the City of Sharon, Mercer County has been rescheduled.

Work on the project is now expected to begin on March 27, and a detour associated with the project is to begin on March 29.  The project had previously been expected to begin on March 20, with the detour to begin March 22

The work marks the beginning of the third and final phase of a multi-year improvement project designed to make Route 718/760 in Mercer County a safer, more efficient and more attractive travel corridor.

Phase 3 of the project take place in 2017 and 2018 construction seasons and focus on a one-half-mile long section of Route 718/ Route 760 (South Dock Street) in the City of Sharon.

Work in 2017 will involve the area of South Dock Street from just south of Orchard Street to a point near the Metalico recycling plant. Company drive. Work will include road reconstruction and updated traffic signals, sidewalks, lighting and drainage.

Detours will be required during construction.

Route 7I8/760 in the project area will remain open for southbound traffic throughout the construction, but will be closed to northbound traffic. A detour for northbound traffic will be posted using Route 18 and East State Street (Route 3008).

At some point in mid-summer, traffic restrictions will impact Wayne Place and Orchard Street at their intersections with South Dock Street. Detours will be announced then and posted.

Work in 2018 on South Dock Street will extend from the Metalico recycling plant to Bank Place, located just north of Connelly Boulevard. Work will include road reconstruction, updated sidewalks, lighting and drainage and construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of South Dock Street and Connelly Boulevard.

The contractor is Kirila Contractors of Brookfield, Ohio. The contract cost is $4,122,048.62, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.  

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Long term lane restrictions planned next month for a resurfacing project on Interstate 79 in Butler County

Indiana, PA – Long term lane restrictions are planned for I-79 North beginning the week of April 4 and continuing through early May from north of Exit 78 (SR 228-Cranberry) and south of Exit 87 (Zelienople).  Once that work finishes, long-term lane restrictions will be in place on I-79 South in the same area.

The restrictions will be in place for a resurfacing project on I-79 in Cranberry and Jackson Townships, Butler County.

Nighttime paving operations will follow this work.  Restrictions will be in place nightly between 6:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M., except Friday northbound restrictions begin at 9:00 P.M., and Sunday southbound restrictions begin at 9:00 P.M.

Work on I-79 includes milling, patching, and paving from Exit 76 (Cranberry) and Exit 88 (Little Creek Road) in Cranberry and Jackson Townships.

This $16.7 million Interstate resurfacing project is being constructed by Lindy Paving, Inc., and is expected to be completed by the end of October. 

 

Motorists should expect congestion and delays in heavy traffic volume periods.  Remember to slow down and use caution in work zones.  Fines are doubled for violations in work zones.  Drive responsibly for your safety and the safety of the workers.

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Improvement Project to Continue on Route 718/760 in Mercer County

Oil City – Work is to begin this month on the third phase of an improvement project designed to make Route 718/760 in Mercer County a safer, more efficient and more attractive travel corridor.

Phase 3 of the project will extend over the 2017 and 2018 construction seasons and focus on a one-half-mile long section of Route 718/ Route 760 (South Dock Street) in the City of Sharon.

Work in 2017 will involve the area of South Dock Street from just south of Orchard Street to a point near the Metalico recycling plant. Work will include road reconstruction and updated traffic signals, sidewalks, lighting and drainage.

Work in 2018 on South Dock Street will extend from the Metalico recycling plant to Bank Place, located just north of Connelly Boulevard. Work will include road reconstruction, updated sidewalks, lighting and drainage and construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of South Dock Street and Connelly Boulevard.

The contractor is Kirila Contractors of Brookfield, Ohio. The contract cost is $4,122,048.62, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds. 

Work during 2017 is expected to begin on March 20, and be completed by October 30. 

Detours will be required during construction. 

Route 7I8/760 will remain open for southbound traffic throughout the construction, but will be closed to northbound traffic. A detour for northbound traffic will be posted using Route 18 and East State Street (Route 3008). 

At some point in mid-summer, traffic restrictions will impact Wayne Place and Orchard Street at their intersections with South Dock Street. Detours will be announced then and posted. 

The overall project on Route 718/760 is referred to as the Broadway Avenue Improvement Project. It extends from the intersection with Council Avenue in Wheatland Borough to just north of Connelly Boulevard in Sharon.

Phase 1 of the project was constructed in 2012 and 2013. Improvements in that phase extended   from Council Avenue in Wheatland Borough to Roemer Boulevard in the City of Farrell.

Phase 2 of project was constructed in 2015 and 2016. It extended from Roemer Boulevard in the City of Farrell to Malleable Street in the City of Sharon.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. 

 

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie

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Sen. Brooks Invites Residents to Call in to a Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Heroin and Opioids March 21

HARRISBURG (March 6, 2017)  Residents are invited to learn more about combating Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid crisis during a special Tele-Town Hall meeting, to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 from the State Capitol in Harrisburg.

 

State Senator Michele Brooks urges residents to take part in this event, which is part of a statewide effort to gather information on how this growing epidemic is affecting Pennsylvania’s families and what can be done to battle addiction and save lives. 

If you are interested in participating, you can sign up before March 21 at www.acommonwealthcrisis.com, or by texting the keyword “talkheroin” to 828282. After registering, you will receive a phone call just minutes before the town hall starts to enable you to listen in, ask questions and hear responses. 

“We are losing a generation to these drugs.  To stop this deadly epidemic, legislators are working with teachers, doctors, police officers, prosecutors and more to try to reduce the availability of addictive drugs, improve drug treatment and promote drug education, but we need your help and feedback,” Brooks said. “This event provides a unique opportunity for residents to join the conversation about this Commonwealth crisis without having to travel to a set location.”

 

The event will be led by State Senator Gene Yaw, who chairs the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.  He will be joined by knowledgeable professionals to answer your questions about heroin and opioid addiction and what the Legislature is doing to curb the abuse and misuse of these dangerous drugs. 

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PennDOT to Display Plans for Superstructure Replacement On Route 760 Bridge in Mercer County

Oil City – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites the public to view a display of plans to replace the superstructure of the bridge on Route 760 over Bobby Run in the City of Hermitage, Mercer County.

The bridge is located on Route 760, approximately ¾ of a mile west of the intersection with Route 18.

Construction will include replacing the superstructure of the existing 19-foot, 8-inch I-Beam bridge with a pre-stressed plank beam bridge. Work will also include adding a waterproof membrane and updated guiderails.

Plans for the superstructure replacement project will be on display:

Date:               March 6 through March 17, 2017

Time:              8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday

Location:        Hermitage Municipal Building

                        800 North Hermitage Road

                        Hermitage, PA 16148

Construction is expected to occur in 2018.

No detours are anticipated. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times.

The existing bridge was built in 1950 and is classified as structurally deficient. Approximately 6,596 vehicles a day use the bridge, on average.

The purpose of the display is to introduce the project and to receive public input regarding any questions or concerns with the project.  The display is set up to also receive any public input regarding historic or archaeological sites in the area, that could be affected by the project, as required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (cultural resources).

 

The display location is accessible to anyone with disabilities. Anyone with special needs or requiring assistance should contact Matt Antrilli - Project Manager, at 814.678.7169

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Grove City Gouple Dies in Mercer Co Crash

In Mercer County, the state police are continuing their investigation into a late Thursday morning crash in which two Mercer County residents perished.   According to a news release from the Pennsylvania State Police at the Mercer station, Grove City resident Samuel Moore lost control of his vehicle on the icy roadway surface of Liberty Road at shortly before noon.  Police say the vehicle went into the oncoming traffic lane and crashed into another vehicle head on.  Both Samuel Moore and his passenger, Mary Moore, also of Grove City were pronounced dead at the scene.  

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PA Senate OK's Brooks Sponsored 20 Wk Abortion Ban

 After an emotionally charged and graphic debate, the state Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Mercer, Wednesday that would make Pennsylvania the latest state to ban abortions at 20 weeks and restrict how the vast majority of second-trimester abortions are performed.

The bill passed the Republican-controlled chamber in a near-party-line vote, 32-18, although it faces a tough road to become law.

The legislation also would ban a procedure it calls a "dismemberment abortion," described repeatedly by the bill's sponsor, Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Mercer, during floor debate as ripping a fetus apart in the womb while alive, and leaving it to bleed to death. Performing the procedure would expose a doctor to a third-degree felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

That spurred Democrats to attack the bill as "criminalizing abortion."

The term "dismemberment abortion" is not used by medical professionals, and opponents said the bill would effectively ban the dilation-and-evacuation procedure, the most common method of second-trimester abortion. Seven states have a "dismemberment" ban.

Brooks said the bill would ban the procedure while the fetus is alive, but not if the fetus is dead or killed by a saline injection. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there is no evidence that inducing fetal death makes second-trimester abortions safer, and one Democratic senator questioned whether such an injection makes it less safe for the mother.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who supports abortion rights, has called the bill "radical and unconstitutional" and vowed to veto it. Substantial majorities in Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled House and Senate oppose abortion rights, but the Senate's 32 supporters are two short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.

The bill still requires a vote in the House, where a similar version passed last year, with support just shy of a two-thirds majority.

The bill is based on model legislation from the Washington-based National Right to Life Committee and is making its way through the nation's most conservative statehouses and, potentially, Congress. In Pennsylvania, it is opposed by the state's largest doctors' group, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the Pennsylvania section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Supporters maintained during more than two hours of debate that they were standing up for the humane treatment of the unborn. No hearing was held on the bill, and opponents attacked the lack of expert medical testimony on it as reckless and potentially carrying unforeseen and dangerous consequences for doctors and people facing difficult decisions.

The primary feature of the bill would ban elective abortions at 20 weeks from a pregnant woman's last menstrual period, compared with 24 weeks in current law. As many as 16 states have a similar ban, and an Ohio law will take effect in March, according to groups that track abortion laws.

The bill leaves in place exceptions to protect the mother's life or major bodily functions. It does not offer exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape and incest, or for serious fetal abnormalities.

 

Supporters say the 20-week limit reflects medical advances that make fetuses viable at earlier stages of pregnancy. Opponents say viability has barely budged in decades, and one opponent, Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, her voice trembling, told of hearing from doctors that her unborn baby daughter, well after 20 weeks of pregnancy, would not live past birth because of a rare genetic condition.

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