Area briefs


Bridge plans go virtual

PennDOT will conduct a virtual plans display to inform the public about a proposed West Loop Road Bridge project in Frankstown Township, Blair County.

The project will include the replacement of the existing two-span structure with a single-span spread box beam structure, minor approach roadway paving, guardrail, roadway signing, pavement marking and drainage upgrades.

Construction is anticipated in the summer of 2022, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Plans call for traffic to use a detour to allow the contractor full access to the bridge.

Representatives from PennDOT will answer questions and receive comments through the website or by contacting the project manager.

To access the project information, go to www.penndot.gov/district9. From there, click on Public Meetings under District Links on the right-hand side, then choose Blair County and the T-378 West Loop Road Bridge page.

The website will be available to view and to accept comments from Aug. 11-25.

For more information, call Tracey Farabaugh, project manager, at (814) 696-6841 or email tfarabaugh@pa.gov.


Cigarette suspected in fire

Patton and Carrolltown volunteer fire companies responded to a house fire at 306 Highland Ave. in Patton shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The home’s owner and occupant, Perry Semelsberger, was not home when fire crews arrived. The fire started in a second floor bedroom, according to Jerry Brant, public information officer for the Patton Volunteer Fire Company. The fire was ruled accidental and believed to be caused by a cigarette in the second floor bedroom. No injuries were reported.

Fire crews had the fire under control within 20 minutes; damage was limited to the bedroom and furnishings.


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