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Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Indiana-based Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Zelienople, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT announced that 107 highway and bridge projects are anticipated to be bid or continue this year across the five-county, Indiana-based region during this construction season.“We are continuing our much-needed investments in roadways and bridges across the state,” said Governor Wolf. “This includes heavily traveled and rural roadways alike, all of which are critical to moving goods and people.”Complementing the significant projects in the region, Governor Wolf recently reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.“We are committed to our responsibility of maintaining safe, efficient travel,” Richards said. “We and our private-sector partners are working hard to support commerce and the public’s travel.”Today’s announcement was made at the Interstate 79 Project in Butler County during a work-zone safety media event. The department anticipates investing more than $331 million this year in the PennDOT Engineering District 10 region spanning Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson counties. PennDOT anticipates rehabilitating, reconstructing, and resurfacing 129 miles of highways and improving 39 bridges this year in the region.“As our road system has faced a difficult winter, we look forward to the projects going to construction this year in our region,” said District 10 District Executive, Joseph P. Dubovi, III. “Our goal is to keep the roads as safe as possible for both our workers and the traveling public and we ask for patience while these important projects are underway.”Notable projects this year include:Armstrong CountyRoute 422 Wray Road cut roadway relocation project in Kittanning Township ($10.7 million);Kittanning Elementary School Intersection safety improvement project on Route 422 from Silvis Hollow Road to east of Graham Road in Kittanning Township (estimated $7.5 million to $10 million); andRoute 66 Oakland Cemetery Bridge replacement in Manor Township ($4.1 million).Butler CountyRoute 228 Cox’s Corner Roundabout project in Clinton Township (nearly $6 million);Route 422 Moraine State Park Access Project in Muddy Creek and Worth townships ($4.3 million);Concrete patching and resurfacing of over 15 miles on I-79 between Exit 88, Little Creek and Exit 105, Slippery Rock, in the townships of Lawrence, Jackson, Lancaster, Muddy Creek, and Worth (nearly $26 million); andRoute 228 Pittsburgh Street intersection improvements in Adams Township (nearly $8 million).Clarion CountyConcrete patching and resurfacing on I-80 for approximately 4 miles in Beaver Township ($19.4 million);Route 68 Dolby Street intersection project in Monroe Township (estimated $10 million to $12.5 million); andRoute 68 Reidsburg Bridge curve project in Monroe Township (estimated $2.5 million to $5 million).Indiana CountyRoute 119 Three Bridges project in Center Township ($15.2 million);Route 119 Grove Chapel climbing lane and realignment project in Rayne Township ($16 million); andRoute 422 Penn Run, North Harmony to Route 403 resurfacing project in Pine Township ($5.5 million).Jefferson CountyRoute 436 Margiotti Bridge replacement in Punxsutawney Borough ($12.6 million);Route 36 concrete repairs in Brookville Borough ($2.6 million); andRoute 119 Indiana Hill Bridge replacement project in Punxsutawney Borough (estimated $2.5 million to $5 million).As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPittsburgh. www.twitter.com/511PAErie, and www.twitter.com/511PAStateColl. Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Indiana-based Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 24, 2018last_img read more

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John just the job for De Bromhead

first_img Willie Mullins saddled the odds-on favourite in Nichols Canyon, who was already a Grade One winner, but he was an early casualty as he unseated Ruby Walsh, and stablemate Mckinley was pulled up shortly afterwards when racing in second place. Sizing John (11-1), highly regarded by Henry de Bromhead, made all under Johnny Burke and sprinted away from his two remaining rivals in the straight to beat Sub Lieutenant by six and a half lengths. Des McDonogh unleashed a second smart debutant in the space of two days as Theophilus made a smooth introduction to the winter game in the Paddy Power ‘Number 1 For Live Streaming’ 3-Y-O Hurdle. Just 24 hours after Fiscal Focus made a winning big-race start at 33-1, lowering the colours of Willie Mullins’ well-fancied Kalkir, Theophilus was sent off at just 4-1 in the same Jackie Bolger silks. No great shakes on the Flat, he travelled well and when another Mullins odds-on shot, Buiseness Sivola, faded at the top of the straight, Theophilus kept on willingly to beat a couple of fellow newcomers in Hostile Fire and Battle Hymn by six and a half lengths in the hands of Danny Mullins. McDonogh said “He got a superb ride from Danny. He was idling a bit in front and will be better in a better race. At the moment the two of them (including Fiscal Focus) will be aimed at the Triumph. Fiscal Focus is different gravy. I must say I am in awe of him. I may need a double horsebox now for Cheltenham!” There was a big turn-up in the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle as Champion Bumper winner Silver Concorde was made to look ordinary by Blair Perrone. Tony Martin’s five-year-old was beaten a long way on his hurdling debut at Cork but looked a different proposition in the hands of Denis O’Regan, who was initiating a double for the yard. Silver Concorde, a winner on the level since his Cheltenham success, was not fluent at the last for Davy Russell but such was Blair Perrone’s superiority, it is unlikely the blunder had any bearing on the result. The 10-1 chance came home two unextended lengths clear of the 1-3 favourite. Martin said: “He needed the run badly at Cork the last day. He’s always showed us he’s a good horse at home. The plan was to stalk the favourite and hopefully take him on as late as possible, and it worked out perfect. He’s a big horse and will make a chaser.” An eventful renewal of the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown went the way of Sizing John. The silver lining for Mullins was that his Douvan beat the winner easily when they met earlier in the season. It capped a great 10 minutes for De Bromhead, who had just captured the Desert Orchid Chase with Special Tiara at Kempton. “There were a few incidents but it’s great to win and a nice bonus. Our lad nearly ran out when the loose horse came by him. I’m delighted for Johnny as it’s his first Grade One win,” said the trainer. “I was disappointed with him at Gowran, but they told me Douvan is very highly regarded. I always thought he wanted better ground and the plan was to back off him after this and look to the spring.” Teenager Burke said: “I’ve had two Grade Two winners, but that’s my first Grade One. “He did it well. I’ve always held him in high regard, ever since the first day I saw him. I remember riding against him in a bumper in Limerick one day and he always stuck in my mind since that day. He was very impressive in Naas and, to be fair, he bumped into a well above-average horse in Gowran (Douvan), and he’s proved himself today at the highest level. “I wasn’t aware of what was going on behind but when I saw the loose horse come by me as we turned into the back straight, I knew that was Ruby’s then, so that was our main danger gone. “I was keen to make it a test in front and he’s done it the hard way. He had to go out in front and make his own race of it – that’s tough old going for a four-year-old, and on that ground, too. He will improve as he’s only a four-year-old and he’s big as well, so wait until he sees a fence.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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