Area briefs

Police looking for missing 90-year-old

A 90-year-old Altoona man was reported missing Saturday, with police asking for help in trying to locate him.

Clement Freidhof, who suffers from dementia, was last seen about noon Saturday in the 200 block of Aldrich Avenue, driving a Nissan sedan. The vehicle’s license plate number is DAF-7347.

Police said Freidhof is 5-foot-5, weighs 130 pounds, has gray hair and glasses.

Any information about his whereabouts can be relayed to Altoona police at 949-2489, Option 1.


Loysburg woman injured in crash

A Loysburg woman was transported Thursday to UPMC Altoona after the vehicle she was riding in struck a utility pole, causing the utility pole to fall and trap the vehicle’s driver.

After power was shut off to the utility poles, Friendship Volunteer Fire Department crews used equipment to cut through the vehicle and remove driver David M. Ambrose, 39, of Loysburg, state police at Hollidaysburg said Saturday.

A passenger in the car, Joy L. Kennedy, 45, also of Loysburg, was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Police said Ambrose reported no injuries.

The crash occurred about 9 a.m. in Taylor Township, when Ambrose was driving north on Route 36.

After the driver lost control on the ice-covered road, police said the vehicle went off the road and struck the pole, causing the pole to fall.

Agencies seek volunteers for cleanup

PennDOT and the Department of Environmental Protection are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania that runs through May 31.

PennDOT has created a comprehensive webpage that includes all volunteer opportunities available, from the Great American Cleanup of PA and Adopt-A-Highway to Safety Training, Litter Brigades and more. Find it at at the “Roadside Beautification” banner.

The cleanup is sponsored each year by PennDOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners. Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year-round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

Police: Car crashed with PennDOT truck

A Clearfield County woman suffered minor injuries in a recent head-on crash with a PennDOT snowplow truck on Juniata Gap Road.

Brittany L. McGarry, 22, Curwensville, lost control of her vehicle about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday and crossed the center line while trying to negotiate a right hand curve, Logan Township police said.

As her vehicle went into the oncoming lane, it collided head-on with the PennDOT vehicle being driven by Christopher Brown, 55, Altoona.

Police said the airbags in McGarry’s vehicle deployed, and she suffered minor injuries.

Police said Brown suffered no injuries.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, police reported.

Bridge replacement meeting scheduled

PennDOT will host a public open house regarding the replacement of the Back Vail Road Bridge spanning Decker Run in Tyrone.

The construction schedule and traffic changes that are planned while the bridge is being replaced will be discussed. During construction, a detour using routes 453 and 4207 will be used.

The open house will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tyrone Municipal Building Conference Room, 1100 Logan Ave., Tyrone.


Clarence Road bridge work to start

Construction for the Clarence Road bridge, spanning Little Sandy Run near the village of Clarence in Centre County, is scheduled to begin this week as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

Construction is expected to be complete in early June. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Clarence Road and Spruce Road/West Sycamore Road. The detour will be in place for 10 weeks.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.


Route 22 bridge work to begin

Prime contractor Gordon L. Delozier of Hollidaysburg will begin work Thursday on the Route 22 Brush Run Bridge Replacement Project.

The structure spans Brush Run in Frankstown Township and is located near the intersection of South Scotch Valley Road and Route 22.

Work will take place under phased construction with two lanes of traffic being maintained at all times. Work is weather dependent. All work on the $2.2 million project is expected to be completed by October.


PennDOT lowers bridge weight limit

PennDOT has lowered the weight limit for the Goshen Road bridge over Lick Run in Goshen Township, Clearfield County.

The bridge is about 2 miles north of Clearfield. The previous weight limit of 32 tons for single vehicles and

39 tons for combination vehicles has been lowered to

3 tons for all vehicles.