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PennDOT to disclose plans for Freeport Bridge tonight

| Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001

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  • Who: PennDOT.

  • What: Public discussion of overhaul of the Freeport Bridge.

  • When: 7 tonight.

  • Where: Freeport Middle School auditorium, 325 Fourth St.
  • FREEPORT: PennDOT will hold public forum tonight on major work it plans to do on the Freeport Bridge.

    PennDOT plans a $32 million overhaul of the bridge that carries Route 356 across the Allegheny River between Harrison in Allegheny County to Allegheny Township in Westmoreland County.

    Construction is to begin next year.

    In a letter dated Feb. 12, PennDOT informed the borough that the inspection and environmental and engineering studies of the bridge have been completed.

    Tonight's meeting has been called so PennDOT can release the bridge inspection results and seek public input on how to proceed with major improvements.

    The main concern is how to reconfigure the bridge entrance ramps on the Freeport side of the bridge. Currently, motorists coming down Freeport hill from Harrison from the north can't get directly onto the bridge. They must loop around.

    And motorists coming across the bridge have to follow a dangerous, snaking path into Freeport in order to get onto the Route 28 expressway.

    Another question to be answered is whether the sidewalk on the bridge will remain.

    The bridge was built in 1963 and carries about 11,000 vehicles per day.

    In other business:

  • Alpha Omega Interdenominational student drama ministry will be leading a community cross walk on April 13 - Good Friday - at noon.

    The group will meet at the marina with a contingent of costumed actors to re-enact Christ carrying a cross through Jerusalem.

    The actors will proceed up First Street, to Market Street, passing on to Second Street, turning on to Riverside Drive and ending at the gazebo. There, they will pause for an interdenominational time of prayer and communion.

  • Borough workers are removing old equipment from the Second Avenue playground and will install new equipment.

    To meet the requirements of the state recreation grant, a handicapped Porta-John will be installed in the playground for $167 per month. A nonhandicapped Porta- John will be installed in the Riverside Drive area for $77 per month.

  • The superintendent of public works will send cancellation notices to delinquent renters of parking spaces in borough lots and garages.

  • The school district requested the borough join in the annual earned income tax audit. The audit will cost the school district $1,290. The borough will pay half.

    The school district also requested sharing payment for printing wage tax forms. The borough's share will be $116.85.

  • Chuck Sarver requested use of the borough field for the Freeport International Baseball Invitational July 21-29.

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