Area briefs


Interstate 99 project beginning

Work will begin Monday on an I-99 rehabilitation project from 17th Street to Grazierville.

Grannas Bros. Stone & Asphalt Co. Inc. will begin Monday on the concrete pavement restoration and bituminous overlay of I-99 from the 17th Street Interchange to the Grazierville exit.

The project also includes preservation activities on eight structures in Blair County.

Concrete patching and bituminous overlay at the Pinecroft and Bellwood interchanges will be completed and will connect I-99 to Business 220 along with routes 764 and 865.

Tree trimming, signing, and Intelligent Transportation Systems and lighting upgrades will also be completed as a part of this project along the I-99 corridor from the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County to the Centre County line in Blair County.

The project will consist of phased long-term lane closures starting Monday at the Pinecroft Interchange.

Work is weather dependent and is expected to be completed by November 2018.


Outdoor and sportsmen’s event set

An outdoor and sportsmen’s event is scheduled for

9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Geeseytown Fire Hall in Hollidaysburg.

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, and Rep. Judy Ward, R-Hollidaysburg, are hosting the event.

During the event, representatives from the Pennsylvania Game Commission will update attendees on chronic wasting disease impacting the state’s deer herd; the Blair County Sheriff’s Office will offer information on concealed carry laws and permits; and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will provide the latest news on area conservation waterways.

These informational sessions will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Little Juniata River Association, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Rails to Trails of Central Pennsylvania, Blair County Conservation District and Canoe Creek State Park also will be present.


Bridge project on hold until 2018

Construction for the Pemberton Road bridge, which spans Sinking Run in Tyrone Township, has been postponed to 2018, PennDOT said. It was previously scheduled to begin this summer as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

A release with full details on the new construction timeline will be distributed prior to the start of construction in 2018.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.


Free senior citizens expo scheduled

A free expo for senior citizens, their family members and their caregivers will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Crossroads Bible Church (formerly Heartland Hall), 5564 Business U.S. Route 220, Bedford.

The event is being hosted by Reps. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, and Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Somerset.

“Attendees will have a great opportunity to learn about services available to senior citizens. Representatives from health care, insurance, financial planning, fraud protection, government services and more will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance,” Topper said.

Lunch will be provided by the Area Agency on Aging, and door prizes will be awarded.

Programs seeking reps for council

Community Action Partnership of Cambria County’s Early Childhood Programs are looking for community representatives to serve on the Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council.

The council is the governing body for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs and consists of parents of Head Start and Early Head Start enrolled children and community people.

Anyone interested in serving should send their name, address, phone number and a brief description about themselves including involvement with other similar organizations by Sept. 1 to: CAPCC Early Childhood Programs, Attention: Jeannette Bracken, 516 Main St., Johnstown, PA 15901 or fax the information to 539-4943.


Huntingdon bridge being replaced

Construction for the East Branch Road bridge, spanning the East Branch of Standing Stone Creek in Jackson and Miller townships, Huntingdon County, is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 21, PennDOT said.

The work, part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, will be complete in early November. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 26 (Standing Stone Road) and Route 305 (Greenwood Road).


Second detour set for bridge work

A second, short-term detour will be in place on East Branch Road near State College starting Aug. 18.

Starting Friday, Country Club Road will be closed for reconstruction of the East Branch Road and Country Club Road intersection. The detour will make use of Squirrel Drive, Oak Ridge Avenue and Country Club Road. The original detour around the project has been in place since mid-July. PennDOT expects the new bridge to be open to traffic on Aug. 28.


Kettle Road bridge project to start

Construction for the Kettle Road bridge, spanning Sinking Run in Tyrone Township, is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 21 as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

Work is to be complete in early November.

During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Skelp and Golf Course roads.