Ripple Road Bridge Has Reopened in White Oak

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The bridge that connects Ripple Road to Route 48 in White Oak has reopened after being closed for construction since mid-August, said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The Ripple Road bridge over Long Run creek reopened Nov. 18 after about 12 weeks of reconstruction performed by Walsh Construction Company. The original bridge was built in 1939 and carried about 9,200 vehicles per day before it was closed.

Next spring a final layer of a special polyester concrete will be placed on the bridge deck to resist pothole formation and reduce bridge maintenance costs, the spokesman said. But that material can only be applied in temperatures above 50 degrees and after the deck has cured for at least 30 days. Drivers may notice a slight bump as they cross the bridge until that final step is completed.

The Rippel Road bridge replacement is part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain for 25 years 558 state owned bridges. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.


Homestead police, FBI Seek Suspect in Robbery

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

Police and the FBI are looking for a man accused of robbing the First Commonwealth Bank in the Waterfront in Homestead.

An FBI spokesman said the robbery happened at around 11:50 a.m. this morning when a thin, white male, carrying a dark-colored, cube-like case, entered the bank and told a teller he had a bomb. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

The man had light brown or "dirty blond" hair and a beard and was wearing business-casual clothes and sunglasses, the FBI said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsburgh office of the FBI at (412) 432-4000, Allegheny County police at (412) 473-1200, or Homestead police at (412) 461-1344.


WM Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

West Mifflin police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of the Huntington Bank on Route 51 near Century III Mall, a spokesman said.

William Eger, 51, was arrested Tuesday morning, said borough police Chief Ken Davies.

"The investigation of this incident was greatly enhanced by the cooperation of the media, the public and our own social media pages," Davies said. "With the tips received via tips lines we eventually were directed to the actor who then gave us incriminating statements of his involvement with the robbery."

The bank was robbed at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning by a man described as a white male, 5-feet-8, with a brown hair, beard and mustache. He was wearing a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt, winter cap, jeans and tennis shoes, and fled the scene on foot toward Century III.

West Mifflin police and the FBI are investigating the incident.


Community Thanksgiving Service Scheduled Sunday

November 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Area Ministerium will host an interfaith community Thanksgiving Service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 22) at Auberle, 1101 Hartman St., in the city.

The guest speaker will be Jason Chavis, a graduate of McKeesport Area High School and the University of Pittsburgh who currently serves as an account executive at Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV (4). Chavis is a board member and volunteer at a number of local community organizations.

A light meal will be served following the service, to be held in the main campus gym at Auberle.

For more information, call Boniface Igba at 412-673-5800, ext. 1286, or Gladys Hunt-Mason at (412) 672-8490.

(Illustration via Art Mad Wallpapers)


'City of Angels' Event Tonight at Kennedy Park

November 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport will hold its "City of Angels Light-Up Night" tonight at 6:30 at Kennedy Park, corner of Walnut Street and Lysle Boulevard, Downtown.

City officials will turn on a tree decorated with angels made by school-age children from across McKeesport. Carols will be sung and refreshments will be served, and the local gospel group "Chalice" will perform.

Event sponors include Mayor Mike Cherepko, the McKeesport Area Ministerium, the McKeesport Hospital Foundation, the Mon River Fleet and Eat 'n Park.


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