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Repair work scheduled for Route 22 in Monroeville

| Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Work to repair a water line will cause “significant” delays along Route 22 as traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction for two weekends in October, said Jim Hunter, director of operations of the Monroeville Municipal Authority.

Workers are scheduled to repair the main pipe between Old William Penn Highway and Elliot Road and resurface part of the road on Oct. 5 and 6 and 12 and 13, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's 2011 traffic-volume map, about 35,000 vehicles use that stretch of road on an average day.

“PennDot will do everything it can to limit the inconvenience to motorists,” PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said. “Motorists should understand that there was a water-main break, the road buckled, and it does need repaired.”

The project is in response to The pipe burst Aug. 27 during afternoon rush-hour traffic, which delayed appointments at office buildings and pickup times at schools in Monroeville — including Greater Works Christian School, located nearby.

“It moved our parent pickup back maybe 20 minutes and moved back some of our buses,” Pastor Bill Spahr said Tuesday.

Water service has not and will not be affected as crews work to repair the pipe, municipal authority secretary Barbara Aitken said Tuesday.

The size of the water line required materials to be shipped in, which delayed the project, Aitken said.

There are multiple businesses on the stretch of Route 22 where road work will take place, but Cabinet World manager Brian Bester said he doesn't expect the project to affect business.

“They're always doing construction on 22,” Bester said. “I'm used to it at this point.”

Community Day

Monroeville's volunteer fire companies will hold the second annual Community Day on Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Monroeville Public Training Center, located at 2465 Johnston Road.

Emergency-response vehicles and a LifeFlight helicopter will be on display, and the fire-safety house for children will include games and prizes.

The Boy Scouts will retire old American flags and are asking attendees to bring old flags from home.

Job fair

The Community College of Allegheny County's Boyce Campus, 595 Beatty Road, Monroeville, will hold a fall job fair Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the student union.

For details, including a list of participating companies and organizations, contact Boyce Campus Job Placement and Career Services at 724-325-6771.

A workshop on preparing for a job fair will be held Oct. 8, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Job Placement & Career Services S514 on the Boyce Campus.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Seeking volunteers

Volunteers are needed at the Cleveland Stewart Elementary Library for morning checkouts and during student checkout days.

Volunteers would be required to have independent clearances from the state.

For details, email school library media specialist Mike Krestar at mkrestar@gatewayk12.org, or call 412-373-5874.

Competitive Scrabble

Scrabble Thursday, presented by the Monroeville Public Library, 4000 Gateway Campus Blvd., will begin Oct. 10 and run the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Magazine Room.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. All library programs are free and no registration is required. For details about upcoming adult programs at Monroeville Public Library, call the adult reference desk at 412-372-0500 ext. 4.

Student achievement

Gateway High School's FIRST Tech Challenge team participated in a live robotics demonstration Aug. 18 at the Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire.

The event was held at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. The robotics team showed off its FTC robot nicknamed “Carl” and interacted with nearly 1,800 attendees.

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