Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Overnight restrictions are planned through early October.
On Monday night, PennDOT crews will begin working in the area to improve drainage and mill and resurface Route 65 in Sewickley. The work is expected to last through early October. Jim Struzzi, PennDOT spokesman, said the work is planned from Chestnut Street in Sewickley, near the bridge, to Ambridge on Route 65, also known as Ohio River Boulevard. To minimize impacts on motorists, Struzzi said lane closures and single-lane traffic will occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday nights through early October. Traffic is being detoured to the Sewickley Bridge as PennDOT embarks on a $16.6 million repair project to the nearby Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge, which has been closed since March. The bridge is expected to reopen in mid-…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Improvement work will take place overnight July 30, according to PennDOT.
Signs are posted on Route 65 announcing a road project that's scheduled to begin later this month in the area of the Sewickley Bridge. Jim Struzzi, PennDOT spokesman, said the improvement project will take place overnight July 30 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Planned work includes drainage, milling, paving and tree trimming. Meanwhile, rehabilitation work is also continuing to move forward on the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge. Struzzi said the bridge project "is progressing well." "Weather has been cooperative this season," he said. Despite the extreme heat, Struzzi said the crews on the bridge have been working 10 to 12 hour shifts and continue to perform exceptionally. The contractor is in the process of removing the old deck using two crews to …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The project is a part of a series of hike-and-bike trail extensions that could connect Moon Township to Pittsburgh and East Liverpool, Ohio.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Ohio River Trail Council has completed a feasibility study for a new 2-and-a-half mile Moon Township pathway that would extend the Montour Trail to the edge of the Sewickley Bridge off University Boulevard. Vincent Troia, executive chairman for the council, said no timeline is yet in place for the project's completion. The Montour Trail extension is a part of a larger plan to install a 40-mile hike and bike trail connecting Moon to Ohioville, Ohio, near East Liverpool. With the trail would at the bridge's edge, Sewickley residents wouldn't have to travel far to use it. "If we hear back from those federal grants, we could start work [on the Moon township portion of the trail] within months of receiving the grant money," Troia said. "…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Sewickley police reported to the following recent incidents.
A Glen Osborne woman is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with open containers, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving, according to Sewickley police. Police responded to a four-vehicle crash shortly after 10:15 p.m. April 24 in the 700 block of Beaver Street. Police said Julia Perkins, 21, of Orchard Street, struck the rear of a parked car, triggering a reaction. The second car struck a third vehicle that in turn struck a fourth vehicle. The parked cars were owned by Eric Jarvie of Sewickley, Jane Stopha of Waynesboro, VA, and Phillip McCaffrey of Sewickley. Police said Perkins had a bottle of vodka protruding from her purse and admitted to drinking that …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
PennDOT plans to continue monitoring traffic over the next few days.
Sewickley police say the shutdown of the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge didn’t produce many headaches during Monday’s rush-hour commutes. “It’s a little congested, but it’s been going fairly well,” Sewickley Police Chief James Ersher said Monday. An overnight snowfall and subsequent road conditions most likely slowed morning traffic. Ersher said no traffic tickets were issued and no accidents were reported. The Sewickley Bridge is being used as the main detour during eight months of repairs to the nearby Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge, which officially closed on Saturday. Ersher said much of the congestion he saw on Monday appeared to be coming across the Sewickley Bridge from Moon Township. “Traffic on 65 seemed to be moving very well,” Ersher said…
Friday, March 2, 2012
The Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge will shut down beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.
When the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge shuts down Saturday for repairs, local police plan to provide two weeks of traffic detail in several key areas. Sewickley Police Chief James Ersher said officers from Sewickley and Moon will be stationed on their sides of the bridge assisting with the increased traffic flow through the area. Local officials expect increased traffic because the Sewickley Bridge and the Route 65 corridor are the main alternative detours during the closing. The Ambridge-Aliquippa bridge is expected to remain closed until mid-November as part of a $16.6 million repair project. On the Sewickley side of the bridge, Ersher said, officers will be concentrating on the Route 65 intersections of Chestnut and Walnut streets during…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Leetsdale and Sewickley police and other agencies search through the night for the suicidal man who threatened but did not jump from the Sewickley Bridge.
Local police searched the Ohio River early Thursday morning for a Leetsdale man who threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the Sewickley Bridge before determining the man did not jump. Leetsdale police were initially called at 11:43 p.m. regarding a 19-year-old suicidal man who had left home. Police have not released the man's name. Sewickley Police Chief James Ersher said officers later received a second call at 12:11 a.m. from the man's girlfriend, who said the man was threatening to jump off the bridge. “He was actually on the bridge at one point,” Ersher said. A witness told police he walked past the man and saw him leaning on his arms with his head down on a cement partition, Ersher said. When the witness asked if the man was OK…
Monday, February 27, 2012
PennDOT officials do not expect the resurfacing work to produce significant impacts to traffic during the closing of the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge.
A road resurfacing and upgrade project scheduled to take place in late May on Route 65 is expected to bring additional traffic restrictions in the area of the Sewickley Bridge — also designated as an alternative detour during repairs to a nearby bridge. Beginning Saturday, the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge will close until mid-November as part of a $16.6 million repair project. PennDOT spokesman James Struzzi said the Route 65 resurfacing work — scheduled to occur about three months later — isn’t expected to cause any significant impacts to detouring traffic from the closing of the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge. “The resurfacing work on Route 65 will be done during off-peak hours when traffic volumes are considerably less,” Struzzi said. “There…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Alternative detours to the Sewickley Bridge could lead to additional traffic control costs, officials say.
Sewickley and Moon Township could be left footing some of the bill for extra traffic control when the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge shuts down in about two weeks. Sewickley Manager Kevin Flannery told council Tuesday night that the borough recently received a letter indicating reimbursements may not be available for providing extra manpower, although additional traffic control will be needed once the bridge closes. The Sewickley Bridge has been designated as the alternative detour route when the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge closes March 3 as part of a $16.6 million repair project. Repairs are slated to be complete in mid-November. Jim Struzzi, PennDOT spokesman, said today there was funding in the contract to provide assistance with traffic …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The Sewickley Bridge will be used as a detour until the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge reopens in mid-November.
The Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge is expected to be closed for more than eight months beginning at 7 a.m. March 3 as part of a $16.6 million repair project, PennDOT announced Friday. Jim Struzzi, PennDOT spokesman, said on an average day about 12,588 vehicles use the bridge, which carries vehicles over the Ohio River from Route 51 in Aliquippa to 11th Street in Ambridge. The span in Beaver County isn’t expected to reopen until mid-November. Signs will be posted to guide motorists, Struzzi said. Posted detours will take southbound traffic on Route 65 and Route 51 to the already-congested Sewickley Bridge. Struzzi said crews would be working around-the-clock, performing steel repairs under the bridge deck and substructure work. The $16.6 …