Sunday, April 7, 2013
A concern about noisy nighttime trash collections in a North Hills community raises a bigger question of whether trash collection, lawn mowing, construction and other noisy activities in Pittsburgh's suburbs should have time limits.
Complaints from residents in a North Hills community have brought to light a problem that many municipalities have faced over time—when to restrict noise-making activities. Noise at night has been the topic of conversation at many board of commissioners and council meetings throughout the Pittsburgh area over the years. Ross Township commissioners are amending an ordinance to restrict the collection of garbage from commercial and/or non-residential areas from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Currently, trash collection is not allowed in Ross between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. under an ordinance enacted in 1993. The township's decision was made after residents complained about noisy, night garbage collections near three North Hills School District buildings. …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
No construction date is yet planned for the Moon Township store, but community leaders believe the retailer will spur development along University Boulevard.
Moon planning director Adam McGurk said the sooner the deserted former West Hills Shopping Center property is developed, the better it will be for business in the township. The empty lot, sitting at the corner of University Boulevard and Brodhead Road, was purchased by the Walmart Corp. in 2007. It is slated to house a 150,000 square-foot store for the national retailer. "It's almost like the broken windows theory," McGurk said. "If you have a broken window and don't fix it, it just leads to more and more problems." No construction date has yet been scheduled for the store. Walmart on Oct. 19 resubmitted an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for a highway occupancy permit, marking one of the final steps …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The bridge will remain open until March 2013, according to PennDOT.
The Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge will reopen Thursday afternoon after being closed since early March because of structural repairs. PennDOT spokesman James Struzzi said the bridge will remain closed to pedestrians through winter. The sidewalk has been temporarily removed for improvements. After the bridge is reopened to traffic, short-term lane closures will continue as needed through winter. Struzzi said the 10-foot span bridge will remain open until March 2013 when it will close again until October 2013 to complete repairs. The bridge closed for extensive rehabilitation as part of a two-year $16.6-million rehabilitation project.Crews are performing steel repairs under the bridge deck and substructure work. The Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Click on our interactive map to see where PennDOT road projects will slow your ride.
Friday, November 2, 2012
PennDOT is working hard to finish up several key projects as the road construction season winds down. There are five areas where it will be slow going this weekend. At the top of the list is the inbound Squirrel Hill tunnels which will be closed Friday night through Monday morning. Click here to take you to our interactive map which shows which areas to avoid, along with links to suggested detour routes and more information about the individual projects. Good luck!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Construction update: Work is on pace at the new Montour Athletic Center, and district officials may have found a temporary home for the high school swim team.
The Montour School District expects to open its revamped athletic center to the students by February 2013, said Jason Burik, assistant to district superintendent Donald Boyer. Construction on the $17.14 million project is running on schedule, Burik said. No opening date is set. "Very tentatively, we're looking at the end of January or beginning of February and we will be planning a grand opening for the public," Burik said. The district in December 2011 began renovations on the building, which includes a swimming pool, elevated indoor track and gymnasium. The Ross Township-based Thomas & Williamson Program Management and Apostolou Associates are heading the project. Both firms also worked on the district's extensive high school …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Just click the blue dot on the map to see which areas you may want to avoid.
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Friday, September 28, 2012
Summer is over, but the PennDOT paving season is far from finished. Crews will be busy again this weekend on several key highways in our area. We've provided you with a simple map to see where the construction crews will be busiest. Just click on the Weekend Construction Work link at the bottom of the map to see which areas you might want to avoid.
Monday, September 24, 2012
The vacant Sherwin-Williams location at the corner off Brodhead Road has been torn down.
Crews last week removed the final building left of the former West Hills Shopping Center, a vacant Sherwin-Williams store, marking another step toward the construction of a planned 150,000 square-foot Walmart in Moon. No construction date is available for the big-box retail store, which will sit at the corner of Brodhead Road and University Boulevard. Walmart must first receive a highway occupancy permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation before any further work can begin. Walmart purchased land for the project in 2007. Planners from Walmart have met with Moon Planning Director Adam McGurk to discuss the township’s building permit process. Is Walmart a welcome addition in Moon Township? Are you looking forward to its …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The weekend work was postponed two weeks ago due to Sewickley's annual Harvest Festival.
Work to improve the approach between Route 65 and the Sewickley Bridge is scheduled to occur this weekend in Sewickley, according toPennDOT. Weather permitting, the work will run 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. PennDOT postponed the work originally scheduled two weekends ago in order to accommodate the annual Harvest Festival in Sewickley. Jim Struzzi, PennDOT spokesman, said crews will be removing and replacingconcrete, and milling and paving the roadway between the bridge and Route 65, also known as Ohio River Boulevard. Motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic on the bridge approach with traffic shifted to one side of the roadway. A single-lane closure will also occur on northbound Route 65 on Saturday and Sunday …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Crews are slated to begin work in the coming weeks on the long-awaited military commissary, which will serve service personnel from the Tri-State region.
Construction on a 43,000-square-foot Moon Township military commissary will begin Aug. 17. The long-planned project will break ground at the corner of University Boulevard and the Interstate 376 Business Route, according to a statement released by Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair. The commissary will act as a grocery store and trading post exclusively for more than 160,000 military personnel and family members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. It will replace the region's existing commissary in Oakdale. The post is expected to be completed by October 2013. The $12 million contract for the project was awarded in June to Mississippi construction firm Carothers Construction Inc., according to the Department of Defense. The …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
See which roads and ramps will be closed or restricted before you head out this weekend.
Motorists from Robinson and Moon may be delayed by detours this weekend. Below is a summary of the major closings and restrictions on some of the area's busiest roads and bridges. Fort Pitt/Fort Duquesne Bridge Ramps The ramp that connects westbound I-376 to the outbound Fort Duquesne Bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday through approximately 5 a.m. on Monday. Traffic will be detoured using the West End. The ramp from Fort Pitt Bridge to the Fort Duquesne Bridge will remain open this weekend. The following additional restrictions will occur: Parkway East (I-376) Squirrel Hill Tunnel Rehabilitation Traffic in the inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel will be restricted to a single lane from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday night for tunnel …