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11:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

No Surprise? Deer Crashes More Likely in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania drivers have the fourth highest odds of hitting deer in the United States, according to an annual report from State Farm. The insurance company calculated that drivers have a one in 86 chance of hitting a deer in the next year, although those odds are down from last year.

According to PennDOT, there were about 14,000 deer-strike crashes between 2006 and 2010. More than 3,100 people were injured and 43 killed in those accidents.

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Transportation
5:24 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Speed Trailers Provide Warning Before Enforcement Zone

State troopers from Allegheny and Washington Counties began a crackdown on speeding drivers on I-79 on Tuesday that will continue through November 13.

Pennsylvania State Police are using speed display trailers on the side of the road to alert drivers to how fast they're traveling compared to the speed limit and provide fair warning.

Jay Ofsanik, spokesman for PennDOT's District 12, said this is the first time in a while that state police have targeted speeding while using speed trailers.

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Transportation
5:23 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Greenfield Bridge May Come Down in 2014

The crumbling Greenfield Bridge may be demolished in a few years, with a larger structure slated to take its place.

By approving bills to fund a study of the proposed demolition, Pittsburgh City Council has started the engine of a process that would result in the demolition and replacement of the 89-year-old bridge, which spans the Parkway East near the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.

Pat Hasset of the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works said the study would examine the details of both parts of the process.

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Transportation
2:57 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Millions of Dollars Handed Out for Alternative Fuel Projects

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is giving out more than $4.4 million in Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants. The money will be split among 12 projects throughout the state. The projects are focused on developing the state's natural gas and electric vehicle infrastructure.

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Transportation
8:58 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

PennDOT Builds Floodgates in Pittsburgh

Construction will begin Tuesday on a floodgate system on Washington Boulevard and Highland Drive aimed at preventing the same type of tragedy that took the life of four people earlier this year.

"We've been designing the project for the last several months and we anticipate starting construction this week and wrapping it up in the first part of 2012, hopefully by January," said PennDOT District 11 Executive Dan Cesna.

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Transportation
9:43 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Transportation Funding Bills Moved in Pennsylvania

A top Pennsylvania Senate Republican is trying to bring the issue of the commonwealth's ailing roads and bridges to the forefront by introducing a package of bills dealing with the financial side of the equation.

At the beginning of the month, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said he hadn't made any decisions about transportation funding because of the tough economy even though his Transportation Funding Advisory Commission released a lengthy report identifying possible revenue streams and funding needs. However, Senator Jake Corman believes now is the time to act.

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Transportation
2:53 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

City Council Seeks Federal Grant for Passenger Rail

Pittsburgh is one tiny step closer to the installation of a passenger rail line along the Allegheny River.

Pittsburgh City Council has given preliminary approval to bills that would allow the Urban Redevelopment Authority to apply for and administer a $1 million federal rail improvement grant.

Sponsoring Councilman Patrick Dowd said the grant would be used to help make adjustments to the existing Allegheny Valley Rail Line for use as both a commuter rail service, and as an "urban circulator," as per the Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan announced last year.

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Transportation
5:37 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Barge Sinks on Ohio, Cleanup Continues

A barge carrying sand and gravel sank on the Ohio River Wednesday night. Crews are continuing their attempt to salvage both the cargo and the vessel itself. The river's traffic routine is returning to normality.

Emsworth Lock and Dam lock master Don Ziler said the vessel was part of a group of barges carried by a tow boat. Ziler said the tow was "below the lock, waiting for another tow to pass it" when the problem began.

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Transportation
3:57 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Raja: Develop and Drill Pittsburgh International Airport

The Republican candidate for Allegheny County Executive continued his policy rollout Thursday by detailing his plans for the Pittsburgh International Airport. D. Raja says that if elected, he'd focus on three ways to develop the airport: first, creating an "innovation zone"; second, increasing demand for air traffic; third, vamping up public transit from the city to the Findlay Township site.

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Transportation
2:10 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

PAT Introduces Bike-Friendly Initiatives

The Port Authority of Allegheny County is making a couple of changes that are sure to please bicyclists: at a small gathering in Market Square Friday morning, the Port Authority announced it has equipped its entire fleet of buses with bike racks, an initiative ten years in the making.

The bike racks attach to the fronts of the buses, and each can hold two standard-sized bikes. PAT spokeswoman Heather Pharo said they were paid for through several grants and matching funds from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

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Transportation
6:30 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

City Parking Enforcement Scaled Back to 6 P.M.

For more than three months, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority has been able to give tickets to cars at unpaid meters until 10:00 PM every Monday through Saturday.

The four-hour ticketing extension will be short-lived, after Pittsburgh Council unanimously voted to repeal it during its Tuesday meeting. Meters will once again be watched from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM until January 1, at which point Council must revisit the issue.

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Transportation
10:00 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Turnpike Workers’ Strike Not Likely

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says the employee walkout in 2004 that forced it to collect a flat toll fee from motorists for a week isn't likely to occur this month as employees negotiate a new contract. The Commission is in talks with more than 1,500 Teamster union workers, whose deal is up at the end of the month. Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said both sides want to reach an agreement.

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Transportation
3:44 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Fitzgerald: Create Regional Transit Agency

The Democratic candidate for Allegheny County Executive said the state should create a regional transit agency for southwestern Pennsylvania.

During a campaign address about working for senior citizens, former County Council President Rich Fitzgerald said the new agency would consolidate each county's current transit service into one larger entity to cut costs.

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Transportation
9:03 am
Mon September 12, 2011

PennDOT Tries for Safer Work Zones

PennDOT is stepping up its efforts to protect road crews in work zones with safety training and "Operation Yellow Jacket".

Steve Cowan, PennDOT District 11 Safety Press Officer, said road workers are being trained periodically by safety and county management staff on how to handle work zone violations. He said in District 11 (Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence County) there have been two training sessions in the last three months, but employees, in the past year, have not yet reported a violation to the police.

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Transportation
8:06 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Trucks, Drivers Pulled From Road In Crackdown

Pennsylvania State Police removed 163 vehicles and 39 drivers from service in a one-day coordinated inspection of commercial trucks carrying hazardous materials. Troopers examined 1,356 trucks August 31 looking for everything from incomplete files to hazardous placard violations. "Possibly things aren't checked properly on the paperwork as far as shipping papers and what's being transported," said Lieutenant Ray Cook. "Then we have some placard violations. Maybe the number of placards aren't (sic) present or the type of placards aren't (sic) present."

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Transportation
10:15 am
Mon September 5, 2011

PennDOT Uses New Lane Markings

Motorists traveling Pennsylvania's state highways are starting to see new warnings painted on the pavement. The goal is to improve safety at intersections and sharp curves.

PennDOT is painting the word "SLOW" on the roadway as they approach tight curves. The marking is then followed by an arrow to alert motorists which way the road is turning, said PennDOT District 11 safety officer Steve Cowen.

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Transportation
2:00 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Labor Day Parade: A 'March for Jobs'

Union leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania want to use this year's Labor Day Parade to send a message to state and federal lawmakers: pass transportation legislation to put people back to work.

Allegheny County Labor Council President Jack Shea said he expects 70,000 to march in the 2011 parade, with both unionized and non-union workers invited to take part in the "March for Jobs." This is the first year non-union workers will be marching.

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Transportation
6:00 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Pittsburgh International Gets State Grant for Runway Improvements

State grants totaling $4 million are headed to 18 airports across Pennsylvania to upgrade facilities and improve safety. The awards range from $3,000 for the Butler County Airport to $750,000 for Pittsburgh International Airport. The money comes from the state's jet fuel tax. Each recipient must match 25% of the money granted.

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Transportation
3:58 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Labor Day Weekend Road Construction

PennDOT says most major road construction will be suspended for the holiday weekend as a concession to motorists, but long-term restrictions will remain in place on Route 28, Route 65 and Crosstown Boulevard.

Work will also continue on Route 50 in Bridgeville, where there will be just a single lane in each direction from 8:00 PM Friday through 8:00 PM Sunday near Great Southern Shopping Center, and also where Greentree Road intersects Route 50 in Heidelberg.

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Transportation
7:14 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Streetcars in the Strip?

The notion of streetcars in the Strip District may seem outdated or romantic in the 21st century, but it could become a reality in the near future.

The city of Pittsburgh is asking consultants to submit bids for a streetcar system in the Strip, to be situated between 10th and 40th Streets.

Pittsburgh's Principal Transportation Planner Patrick Roberts said whichever comprehensive plan the city adopts this November will also include other transportation changes for the market neighborhood, like pedestrian and bikeway improvements.

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Transportation
8:16 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Local Leaders Pitch Road Projects to Transportation Panel

A panel of Pennsylvania legislators, private citizens, and the state's Transportation Secretary heard arguments for funding local infrastructure projects on Thursday.

Leaders from southwestern Pennsylvania counties and municipalities submitted their ideas for the Department of Transportation's 12-Year Plan, or TYP. Updated every two years, the TYP maps out which road and bridge projects will be a priority for the state agency.

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Transportation
7:35 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

PennDOT Chief: Higher Driver Cost vs. Worse Roads

Pennsylvania's top transportation official said if the state adopts recent recommendations for funding its worn-out roads and bridges, it will raise costs for drivers. But, he said that's not necessarily worse than the alternative.

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Transportation
5:23 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Largest Phase of Route 28 Work Begins

The estimated 60,000 motorists who use Route 28 between Pittsburgh and Millvale on any given day will have some additional challenges starting August 22 as PennDOT begins the next phase of construction on that roadway. PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi says the $36.4 million phase is the largest of the overall project.

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Transportation
8:31 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Transit Plan Proposed for East End

Pittsburgh's East End has seen its share of redevelopment in recent years, and now the Department of City Planning hopes to map out a transportation plan to get people to and from those new sites.

City Planning officials are slated to talk with residents and organizations Thursday about what new transportation infrastructure the area needs, to decide if they should adopt a "Transit Revitalization Improvement District" for East Liberty.

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