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September 20, 2013

Local & State News in Brief | 9/21/2013

Weight limits to drop on 5 area bridges

Effective Tuesday, PennDOT will lower the weight limit on five bridges in Somerset County in an effort to slow their deterioration and preserve safety while funding for their repairs remains uncertain.

The bridges affected are on:

  • Route 2025 (Maple Valley Road), which spans Blue Lick Run in Brothersvalley Township, posted at 36 tons.
  • Route 2047 (Beachley Street) which spans Flaugherty Creek in Meyersdale, posted at 32 tons, or 38 tons for combination loads.
  • Route 2047 (Mason Dixon Highway) which spans Bluelick Creek in Summit Township, posted at 32 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
  • Route 4008 (Beam Church Road) which spans Spruce Run in Jenner Township, posted for 33 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
  • Route 4013 (Keyerstown Road) which spans Spruce Run in Jenner Township, posted for 35 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Vehicles exceeding the new weight limit must use an alternate route.

Bridge posting information is available on the PennDOT District 9 website:

Bishop to deliver state House invocation

The Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will deliver the invocation on the floor of the state House of Representatives at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, extended the invitation.

Bartchak will be in Harrisburg to attend the annual board of governors meeting of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. He will meet with various state lawmakers and tour the Capitol prior to the meeting.

Live coverage of session will be available on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

United will rededicate elementary school

United School District will rededicate its elementary school at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s cafeteria/gym.

Following the ceremony, community members can participate in a guided tour, reminisce at United Elementary’s “Memory Lane” display and listen to the tunes of the Elementary Faculty Band.

The school resulted from con­solidation of four elementary schools – Armagh, Brush Valley, Garfield and Wehrum – and was dedicated on Dec. 9, 1973.

The elementary campus serves about 600 students from Pre-K Counts to sixth grade.

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