Governor Wolf Announces 45 Multimodal Transportation Projects to Benefit 22 Counties

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 08, 2018 Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that 45 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and ports and waterways projects will benefit communities in 22 counties through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund.“Our multimodal investments support important projects that help residents and local economies,” said Governor Wolf. “We are making possible improvements that will bring significant benefits to these communities.”The $41.5 million investment follows PennDOT’s evaluation of 222 applications requesting more than $241 million. The department made selections based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, enacted in November 2013, Pennsylvania’s far-reaching transportation funding plan. For the first time, transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes obtained dedicated sources of funds, putting the modes on a firmer footing for future initiatives.PennDOT will open the next round of Multimodal Transportation Fund applications on February 26, 2018, with applications due on March 30, 2018.For more information about the program, including the application form, visit and click on Multimodal Transportation under the “Projects & Programs” button.The list of approved projects includes:Allegheny County:Sharpsburg Borough — $1.5 million to reconstruct 19th Street to the Riverfront 47 development, including intersection upgrades, signal installation, overpass and retaining wall removal, retaining wall construction, 19th Street reconstruction.Bellevue Borough — $315,000 for improvements to the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall that will eliminate emergency access safety issues and traffic flow inefficiencies that exist currently due to a partial road closure resulting from the collapse of a portion of the retaining wall.Borough of Brentwood — $65,000 for the improvement of approximately 18,000 square feet of sidewalks.Homestead Borough — $100,000 for a one-mile trail and bike park to connect to the Great Allegheny Passage Bicycle Trail along Waterfront Drive enabling safe access to “The Avenues” Business District, which spans three municipalities (West Homestead, Homestead, and Munhall).Borough of Castle Shannon — $1.6 million to create linkages between the three transit stations in Castle Shannon (Shannon, Willow, and Arlington) as well as the Shannon Transit Village transit-oriented development (TOD). The project will improve conditions surrounding the new TOD with new lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, improved sidewalk connections, crosswalks and more.Friends of Pittsburgh Professional Soccer — $500,000 for transportation improvements that will support the Montour Junction Sports & Athletic Complex that will provide safe access for bicycles, buses, and pedestrians.McKees Rocks Harbor Services, LLC — $638,015 for construction a 12-barge fleeting area 300 feet upstream of the new dock at McKees Rocks Industrial Enterprises (MRIE), which has doubled the capacity of MRIE’s existing dock.Metalico Pittsburgh, Inc. — $400,000 for dock rehabilitation, including the installation of approximately 225 linear feet of sheet pile wall, which will repair the dock to allow for river barge loading capabilities for another 20 years.Berks County: Berks County Industrial Development Authority — $700,000 for intersection improvements at Aviation Road and Route 183 to support an industrial park that will create 500-600 jobs.Bucks County:Bristol Borough — $572,307 to support replacing a decommissioned bridge along Maple Beach Road to provide safe access to Maple Beach, the borough’s wastewater treatment facility, and one of Pennsylvania’s only freshwater tidal marshes.Lifequest — $1.5 million to widen Route 663 going into Route 309 and add a new mile-long pedestrian/bicycle pathway.Cambria County:University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown – $500,000 to construct a trail and sidewalk to improve the pedestrian connection between the 8,000 people at the university, Penn Highlands Community College, and the Richland School District.Portage Borough — $440,905 for the second phase of a multi-phase streetscape program to establish pedestrian connectivity and improve pedestrian safety through installation of new lighting, sidewalk connections, crosswalks, and signs.Chester County: Borough of Phoenixville – nearly $1.3 million for reconstruction and extension of Ashburn Road 0.34 miles from where Ashburn Road ends to Township Line Road.Fair Share Properties, LP — $750,000 to construct a new connector road and pedestrian/bicycle path which will enhance the safety read more

British Airways wing clips S Africa OR Tambo airport building

first_imgInternationalLifestylePrintTravel British Airways wing clips S Africa OR Tambo airport building by: – December 23, 2013 53 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet The wing of the Boeing 747 is seen wedged in the airport buildingA plane carrying more than 200 people has struck an office building while preparing to take off from the South African city of Johannesburg.The British Airways flight to London was taxiing at OR Tambo International Airport when its right wing hit the building, injuring four people inside.Images show the wing of the Boeing 747 wedged in the structure.South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority said the aircraft had travelled down a taxi-way that was too narrow for it.The incident involving the Boeing 747-400 happened late on Sunday.The plane’s jet engines are visible in a second photo taken by a passengerThe control tower “told them to take one taxi-way and they took another one. They took a wrong one,” said aviation authority spokeswoman Phindiwe Gwebu.Passenger John Hart told the BBC: “We were just taxiing along and then boom!”He said the captain described it as a “little incident” but everyone on the right-hand side of the plane could see what had really happened.None of those on board was injured but four ground staff in the building were hurt.“They sustained slight injuries and are fine,” a spokesperson for Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) told Eyewitness News.Mr Hart said the passengers were allowed to leave the plane after about an hour but because of the fuel spillage they had still not been able to reclaim their luggage.The aircraft has since been moved and operations have not been disrupted, ACSA says.In a statement to the BBC, British Airways said all 182 passengers were provided with hotel accommodation and alternative flights are being arranged.BA said an investigation was under way and that it was “giving our assistance to the independent South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)”.BBC Newslast_img

Restos assure customers it’s safe to dine-in

first_imgMary Ann Darroca-Matiling, corporate secretary of IHRRA and owner of Cafe Gloria by Villa Darroca in Villa, Arevalo district, said that health protocols are all now in place.  IHRRA together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 6 and Department of Health (DOH) in Region 6 has assured that costumers need not to worry about dine-in services in fast food chains and restaurants in the metro. * Wearing of facemask before entering MGCQ is the lowest form of community quarantine enforced by the government./PN * Checking body temperature using thermal scanner * Regular sanitation of high contact areas and surfaces “You just need have to follow all the protocols and implement these. The consumers when they go out, they know that they are safe because we have set protocol together with DTI and DOT,” Matiling said. * Requiring dine-in customers to fill-up health declaration cardcenter_img Matiling said that since June 1 when Iloilo City was placed under modified general community quarantine, restaurants especially, the 70 members of the IHRRA, reopened for dine-in services. These guidelines were the following: During the meeting, the group decided to come up uniform protocols. IHRRA with DTI and DOT recently conducted a consultative meeting in rolling out protocols and safety measures to protect customers and employees. Iloilo City is currently under an extended modified general community quarantine. ILOILO City – Is it safe to dine in at restaurants? Yes, of course, according to the Iloilo Hotel Restaurants & Resorts Association (IHRRA).last_img

Ripley health officials promote tobacco free living Thursday

(Image:, Ind. – Communities across the nation are recognizing Great American Smokeout (GASO) today, a national initiative to promote being tobacco free.GASO was organized to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.The Ripley County Health Department is hosting a GASO event at the Ripley County Courthouse annex from 11 a.m. to 1 p.mAll county residents are invited to the event.State health officials say approximately 22 percent of Indiana adults smoke which has decreased significantly since 2011. However, Indiana’s smoking rate remains among the highest in the nation with over one million adult smokers.“We know through survey data that about 80 percent of smokers want to quit,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.“The Great American Smokeout challenge is really about taking a stand against big tobacco, nicotine addiction and the devastating health effects of tobacco use. Once you prove you can put down cigarettes and other tobacco products for an entire day, you’re already on your way to successfully quitting.”

EPL: West Ham wallop, relegate Norwich

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Norwich are the first team to be relegated from the Premier League after a 4-0 defeat to West Ham.West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio scored all four goals as Norwich dropped out of the Premier League after a meek 4-0 defeat at Carrow Road. The result saw Daniel Farke’s side became the first team to lose their top-flight status this season and gave the Hammers’ own survival chances and enormous boost.Norwich were already six points adrift at the foot of the table before the coronavirus pandemic, and their form since the restart took a turn for the worse.Five successive league defeats followed, in which last season’s Championship winners could only manage to score once.Antonio’s two goals in the first half put an end to Norwich’s already slim hopes of survival, but West Ham’s emphatic victory was sealed when he struck twice in the second period to become the first Hammers player to net four in a Premier League game.Norwich had needed their first win in the league since February to avoid relegation, but fell short from the start against the London club who were 10 points better off than the Canaries at the start of the game. Troy Deeney converted two penalties as Watford came from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 and give their fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League a huge boost on Saturday.Watford moved six points clear of the relegation zone, having played a game more than third-to-last Bournemouth.With Norwich’s relegation confirmed the two other teams in the drop zone – Aston Villa and Bournemouth – without a win since the restart last month, Watford look safe from the drop.Dwight Gayle put Newcastle ahead in the 23rd minute with a close-range finish from a corner, before Deeney rescued Watford with his first goals since the restart.Both came in the second half and both were shots smashed down the middle from the penalty spot. The first came in the 52nd after Kiko Femenia was fouled by Matt Ritchie, and the second was in the 82nd after Ismaila Sarr was brought down by Javier Manquillo.Tags: Daniel FarkeMichail AntonioNorwichPremier LeagueWest Ham Unitedlast_img

Defence ‘will allow magic at Palace’

first_img The Gunners will not face anything like Jurgen Klopp’s well-organised outfit when they travel to Selhurst Park to tackle the managerless Eagles, who have just three points from eight league games. However, despite having scored one of the best team goals in recent seasons when Jack Wilshere set Arsenal on the way to a 4-1 home win over Norwich last weekend, Mertesacker feels in any match, attack must be built from a solid rearguard. “We know we are on a good run (in the Premier League), but we know it needs more than just playing with full freedom and vision – we need to defend first and then we can switch the rest on. You have seen what can happen after that,” said the German international. “We have players who can play so quickly together. “Tomas Rosicky came in and fitted into everything as well as Mesut (Ozil) or Jack. “When those three combined together, you could feel some magic in the air, a real chemistry.” Ozil was somewhat subdued against Dortmund, which was a first for the German playmaker since his club-record £43million deadline day move from Real Madrid. The midfielder, though, did almost help conjure up a goal for Santi Cazorla, who curled a 20-yard effort against the angle. Press Association Cazorla, just back from an injury lay-off, is excited by the prospect of teaming up with such a high-quality individual. “We have got to know each other and I have to say that it is very easy to have a good understanding with a great player like him, since our playing philosophy is very similar,” Cazorla told Arsenal Player. “As the days go by we have a better association on the pitch. “Mesut is a player of a different kind. He is a joy to watch and has a lot of talent. Like Zidane or Ronaldinho, he can be one of those players who marks an era. “He is not the kind of player you are used to watching and he can win many games on his own, that is why he is a top player.” Despite their setback in Europe, Arsenal have produced a consistent run of form in response to their defeat at home by Aston Villa on the opening day. Much of that has been down to decent defensive displays, with Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny developing a good understanding at the heart of the Gunners’ backline. It is a partnership which is keeping club captain Thomas Vermaelen on the bench. However, the Belgian – who has played for just 10 minutes in the Premier League this season since his return from a back injury – maintains he will continue to support the squad and stay ready for when the call to action comes again. “Of course it’s a frustrating time for me, but I’m really happy for the team,” said Vermaelen, who has hopes of playing for Belgium at the 2014 World Cup. “A winning atmosphere is so much better when you are around the training ground, it makes it more happy. “For read more

Steven Fletcher basks in Sunderland’s derby victory over Newcastle

first_img Newcastle continued to make chances even with 10 men, but further goals from full-back Billy Jones – his first for the club – and Fletcher ensured the points remained on Wearside. Jones said: “I’m absolutely made-up to score. I always have that self-confidence going up for set-plays that I might get the second ball. I’ve been close a few times for Sunderland, last year and last week as well. “It’s huge for us. It’s a derby game, so you want to win to make it six-in-a-row. You want to do it for the fans, do it for the club and have the bragging rights. “But to get our first win of the season is massive and we needed to get that pressure off ourselves.” The Scotland international said: “We needed the result, but it’s obviously even better when it comes against your rivals. “Newcastle put us on the back foot in the first 30 minutes, but when we got the penalty, the game changed. “We knew the second half was going to be a lot easier with them down to 10, and we managed to capitalise on it.” Fletcher was at the heart of the game’s pivotal moment in first-half injury time when, seconds after team-mate Lee Cattermole had survived a double appeal for a penalty, he went to ground under Fabricio Coloccini’s shoulder charge and saw referee Robert Madley point to the spot and produce a red card. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce had no qualms about the penalty award, but admitted the red card was harsh, while opposite number Steve McClaren was adamant the challenge was not even a foul and that it should not have happened in any case as his team should have been taking a penalty at the other end. Fletcher, however, was convinced the official had got it right. He said: “I was just looking at the ball, so I didn’t know he was coming. When you’re not expecting it, it’s going to be a harder hit. “He knocked me off. I think he just tried to stop me getting to the ball. It’s a free-kick anywhere else, so why not a penalty?” Steven Fletcher says Sunderland’s first Barclays Premier League victory of the season tasted all the sweeter because it came at the expense of arch-rivals Newcastle. The Black Cats took full advantage of two refereeing decisions during a frenzied conclusion to the first half – in which they had been decidedly second-best – to belatedly kick-start their campaign in style with a 3-0 derby victory at the Stadium of Light. Fletcher, one of the few bright spots for the home side before the break, rounded off an eventful afternoon with a well-taken third goal to send the fans home happy for the first time this season with a sixth successive win over the Magpies. Press Associationlast_img

CPL looking for buyer

first_imgIn an interesting development coming to hand, the owners of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is allegedly looking for a buyer for the tournament.With the league expected to get underway in the first week of August, Guardian Media understands that talks are in progress with a potential buyer from India,but nothing is concrete just yet. CPL has been pumping money into the product since the inception in 2014 and is yet to turn around a profit.What they have done though is create a product that is now a viable one and a sale at this point in time could fetch them a handsome amount, to offset the funds they would have pumped into the league.Only last year, all six teams were picked up by owners and prior to this,CPL had to bankroll the teams that had no owners.This cost a handsome amount and with regional governments not coming on board as before because of the current economic climate in the Caribbean, the business model has been struggling.(Caribbean

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals have put star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the right-hander will undergo carpal tunnel surgery next week. The 32-year-old signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with Washington during the offseason. He was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts in 2020.In other major league news:— Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres is expected to miss two to three weeks while recovering from strains in his hamstring and quad. The club also said pitcher James Paxton won’t throw for 14 days because of a strained left forearm.— The Twins have added two more pitchers to their injured list. Jake Odorizzi is sidelined with bruised ribs and fellow right-hander Zack Littell is shut down because of right elbow inflammation. Both players were hurt during Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Royals. The Rockets’ offense stalled in OT after James Harden fouled out for the first time all season. Harden finished with 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.Jeff Green had 22 points for the Rockets, who again were without Russell Westbrook.NBA-COACH OF THE YEARNurse voted NBA Coach of the YearLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Nurse was voted NBA Coach of the Year on Saturday after leading the defending champion Toronto Raptors to another 50-win season, this time without Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard or a full schedule. WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENPopov takes 3-shot lead into final round of British OpenTROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s British Open as she goes for her first major title. Popov shot a bogey-free, 4-under 67 to tie the low score of the third round at Royal Troon. The 27-year-old German was 4 under par overall and one of just three players under par after 54 holes. Minjee Lee of Australia and Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand were the other two after both shot 69 to be tied for second place on 1 under. NASCAR-DOVER Hamlin wins againDOVER, Del (AP) — Denny Hamlin zipped past teammate Martin Truex Jr. with less than 10 laps to go and won Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.Hamlin matched Kevin Harvick for the season victory lead with six, equaling his total from last season and closing within two of his career high set in 2010.Truex snapped a streak of five straight third-place finishes and ended up second. It’s his sixth straight top-10 finish.Kyle Busch was third to make it a sweep of the top three spots for Joe Gibbs Racing. Harvick was fourth and Chase Elliott fifth. Miami had four players score at least 20 points, led by 27 from Jimmy Butler. Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) finished with 24 points Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) had 22 with 11 rebounds, and Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) scored 20. The Pacers opened the second half on a 12-2 run and cut their deficit to two three times in the fourth quarter before falling.Malcolm Brogdon set career playoff highs with 34 points and 14 assists for Indiana.The Thunder have pulled within two-games-to-one in their series by opening overtime on a 12-0 run before completing a 119-107 victory over the Rockets.Chris Paul had 26 points, including a pair of three-pointers during Oklahoma City’s overtime run. Dennis Schroeder (SHROO’-dur) was high man for the Thunder with 29 points. Associated Press NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson released from hospital after liver injuryUNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns say cornerback Kevin Johnson has been released from the hospital and is doing well after suffering a lacerated liver in practice this week.The 28-year-old is expected to be back at the team’s facility in the next few days. He’ll have to go through COVID-19 protocols before he can be re-integrated into team activities. The Browns said his status will be evaluated on a “week by week basis.”Johnson was injured when he was landed on by rookie tight end Harrison Bryant as the two were battling for a pass during a red-zone drill. Nurse was a runaway winner, receiving 90 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer was second after leading the Bucks to the best record in the suspended season, earning 147 points. Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan was third with 134 points. NHL-MILBURYMilbury silenced for rest of playoffsUNDATED (AP) — Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs. August 22, 2020 — The Rays won for the 12th time in 14 games by defeating the Blue Jays, 2-1 on Kevin Kiermaier’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Tampa Bay starter Aaron Slegers struck out five over four no-hit innings in his first start since July 2018 while with Minnesota.— Eddie Rosario slammed a three-run homer and Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) added a solo shot and three RBIs in the Twins’ 7-2 victory against the Royals. Randy Dobnak’s ERA rose to 1.78, read more

Non-SEC teams poised to face off in national title game with Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M

first_imgFor seven years, the Southeastern Conference has had a run of dominance in football. Six years, six national titles. It peaked last season when a pair of SEC teams —Alabama and Louisiana State— faced off in the Bowl Championship Series championship game.But after six years, it appears someone else is going to get a chance.“It’s great for college football,” ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard said. “I think this is what most of the fans have been — outside of the SEC obviously — have wanted to see.”Last Saturday, Texas A&M knocked off the previously unbeaten and top-ranked Crimson Tide. All hell broke loose in the BCS.The only certainty heading down the home stretch of the season, it seemed, was that Alabama would be playing for the national championship once again. Instead, freshman sensation Johnny Manziel shredded the Crimson Tide for 345 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 29-24 victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat once appeared to be a certainty suddenly was no more. Three teams that were previously fighting for one spot opposite Alabama in the national championship game now had two spots to occupy. And there truly are no guarantees of what those teams will be.Oregon and its high-powered, top-ranked scoring offense boast the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25. The Ducks haven’t won a game by fewer than 11 points all year and are now the popular pick to win the national championship.Notre Dame appears to be the long shot, ranked No. 3 in all major polls. But still, the Fighting Irish can’t be counted out. It’s tough to envision an unbeaten Irish team being held out of the national championship.But the biggest winner in Alabama’s loss is Kansas State. One of the biggest surprises in the country this year, it was difficult to imagine the Wildcats reaching the national championship before the start of the season. Now they’re No. 1 in the BCS standings and have the inside track to one of the two spots in the championship game.“I’m honored and just pleased that we are (No. 1), but today hasn’t been any different, and yesterday wasn’t any different either,” K-State head coach Bill Snyder said during the Big 12 Conference coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “It’s not anything that we’re paying a lot of attention to, just honored to be here.”Still, KSU is staying humble and keeping the same game-by-game mentality that has helped it to a 10-0 start.“Nothing, or at least hopefully nothing, has changed,” Snyder said. “We like to be as consistent as we possibly can. … I’m just going to encourage our guys to not change the way we approach things and just stay grounded.”Oregon is no stranger to the national spotlight. Just two seasons ago, it played Auburn for the national championship, so life in the national spotlight hasn’t been as much of a challenge for the Ducks.The most interesting case remains UND.Not much was expected of traditional power Notre Dame coming into the season, but behind one of the top defenses in the country, the Fighting Irish have done nothing but win. They’ve had some close calls, including a double-overtime victory over Pittsburgh, but at least so far, the Irish’s resume is spotless.It may not rack up the style points that OU or Kansas State do, but that’s because Notre Dame plays a different style.“I think if you want style points, look at our defense, look at the schedule that we played, 10 (Football Bowl Subdivision) teams,” Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly said during a conference call Sunday. “I think it’s pretty clear that this football team has been built around its defense, and we’ve lived up to that each and every week. We’ll just keep working on one at a time and let other people figure out where that puts us.”Each team has two regular-season games left, and each has at least one test left against a ranked team. Notre Dame still travels Southern California to face the No. 21 Trojans in what many consider the toughest test any team has left, and a win would be huge.But Kansas State and Oregon each have the advantage of Dec. 1 games. The Wildcats have a marquee matchup against No. 18 Texas, but the Ducks have an even greater advantage with a conference championship game against either USC or No. 17 UCLA to go along with games against No. 14 Stanford and No. 15 Oregon State.Each coach did echo one similar sentiment: They need to keep their players focused on the game in front of them. Not that that means they won’t let their players enjoy the moment.“You can’t keep it from them and it’s not my intent to keep it from them,” Snyder said. “It’s my intent, which has been from day one, to get our young guys focused on the appropriate thing.”Game of the WeekNo. 21 Southern Californiavs. No. 17 UCLAOregon-Stanford is the game in the Pac-12 Conference this weekend with national championship implications, but there’s no reason to think the top-ranked read more