Sunday, November 18, 2012
Three police officers from Collier Township and Bridgeville are being hailed as heroes for stopping a woman from leaping to her death off an Interstate 79 overpass.
Three police officers from Collier Township and Bridgeville are being hailed as heroes for stopping a woman from leaping to her death off an Interstate 79 overpass and possibly injuring unsuspecting motorists below. Sgt. Robert Ferrence and Officer Steve Oberle of Collier, and Officer Roger Itzel of Bridgeville were awarded a commendation by Collier Township officials Wednesday night for their efforts to save the woman and prevent others from being hurt. Collier police Chief Thomas Devin said the officers received a call on Oct. 24 of a woman sitting on the I-79 overpass along Prestley Road with her feet dangling over the edge. Oberle and Itzel blocked the road while Ferrence tried talking to the unidentified woman “to keep her busy” as …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
There will be periodic lane closures in both directions of Interstate 79 near the Bridgeville exit Tuesday.
Peters Township commuters, do you travel in this direction? There will be periodic lane closures in both directions of Interstate 79 near the Bridgeville exit on Tuesday. PennDOT announced the single-lane closures at varying times from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. while crews inspect the bridge near Exit 54. The bridge carries traffic over the Chartiers Creek between Bridgeville and South Fayette Township. PennDOT officials said the lane closures on both sides will not be done simultaneously so as to ease the traffic flow. However, PennDOT is urging motorists to use caution and expect changing traffic patterns when traveling through the area. Follow Peters Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our daily newsletter.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
PennDOT recently renamed the Kirwan Heights interchange of Interstate 79 to “Collier Exit” and not everyone is happy about the change.
PennDOT recently renamed the Heidelberg/Kirwan Heights interchange of Interstate 79 to “Heidelberg/Collier Exit” and not everyone is happy about the change. Kirwan Heights fire Chief Mark Lewis blasted the decision saying it could cause confusion during emergency calls near Exit 55 of I-79, while also erasing the village along Route 50 from the interstate map. “They’re taking away the history of this community and all the small communities around this area,” said Lewis, who also lives in the Kirwan Heights neighborhood of Collier Township. “With a rivet gun, they just wiped Kirwan Heights off the map.” PennDOT made alterations to the interstate exit signs this week after Collier Township officials asked in January for the changes. Township…
Friday, June 15, 2012
One person died Thursday night when a car crashed into a gasoline tanker near the Bridgeville rest stop.
A Washington County man died late Thursday night when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a gasoline tanker truck on Interstate 79 near the Bridgeville rest stop, an Allegheny County emergency dispatcher said. Bradford Carter, 40, of Eighty Four, died at the scene of the crash, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office. The crash happened shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday when the vehicle and tanker collided in the southbound lanes of I-79 in South Fayette. State police shut down the roadway and hazardous material crews were called to the scene for the possibility of leaking fuel. Police were detouring cars onto the Bridgeville exit to avoid the crash scene. Check back to Patch as more information becomes available. …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Northbound onramp at Bridgeville exit will be closed until mid-November.
PennDOT has closed one of the Bridgeville onramps leading to Interstate 79. The onramp leading to I-79 North from Route 50 closed Monday night and will remain that way until mid-November as crews work on the ramp's bridge connecting to the interstate. Only motorists traveling east on Route 50 from South Fayette toward Bridgeville will be affected by this closure. The northbound ramp on the other side of Route 50 next to Gillece will remain open. None of the exit ramps in that area will be affected. One lane on I-79 near the Bridgeville exit will also closed at all times while crews continue to do work in the area. PennDOT said the long-term restrictions are necessary as portions of the bridge decks will be milled and removed during the …
Friday, September 23, 2011
Two people were killed in a crash near the Southpointe exit.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Mike Jones
Friday, September 23, 2011
State police have identified the two people killed in Thursday afternoon’s crash on Interstate 79 in South Fayette. Two people died and another two were seriously injured when a Pontiac traveling north near the interstate rest area crossed the grassy median and crashed into a southbound vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. The driver of the Pontiac, Elizabeth Gilbert, 22 of Prosperity, died at the scene, and a male passenger in the car was taken to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries, police said. A passenger in the Toyota sedan, Katherine Wright, 66, of Rivesville, W.Va., also died at the crash scene. The driver of that car, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Allegheny General Hospital with what state police considered to be life-…
Monday, September 19, 2011
Weekend work diverting more cars onto secondary roads.
Lane restrictions on Interstate 79 appear to be causing traffic headaches on secondary roads being used as unofficial detours. Washington Pike in South Fayette was bumper-to-bumper for miles Saturday as traffic appeared to be trying to bypass the nearly 4-mile construction zone on I-79 that extends from the Washington County line to Bridgeville exit. Meanwhile, more traffic clogged Route 50 near Chartiers Valley Shopping Center as construction continues on that stretch of roadway. PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi said motorists are encouraged to leave the interstate if they can find different routes to their destinations. Cars were also bumper-to-bumper along the interstate construction zone, especially near the Bridgeville exit. “If people …