Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Yinz is terrible drivers, Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)

Apparently, yinz din’t drive so good.

Allstate insurance ranks Pittsburgh as one of America’s least-safe driving cities, at number 28 on a list of the 200 largest U.S. cities. The company said Pittsburgh ascended from 52nd place in 2010 to 42nd place last year before moving up more this year. The new ranking is based on claims data from 2009 and 2010, so maybe we’ve improved since then. Ha!

The average Pittsburgh driver will get into a crash every 7 1/2 years, Allstate said. The national average is every 10 years.

Washington, D.C., was rated as the worst place for crashes â€" residents have one every 4.7 years. Philadelphians also are crazy bad drivers, crashing every 6.1 years to rank 11th worst in the country.

In case you were thinking about opening a body shop, avoid Sioux Falls, S.D., which has been named “America’s Safest Driving City” five times in the eight years Allstate has issued its reports.

On to today’s road work nuggets:

Milling and paving will occur Wednesday through Friday on Flaugherty Run Road from the Parkway West to Stoops Ferry Road with alternating one-way traffic possible from 6 p.m. each day to 6 a.m. the next.

Overnight closures of the ramp from Millvale to northbound Route 28 will begin Friday. The ramp will be closed at 8 p.m. weekdays (except Labor Day) through late September, with milling, patching and paving work concluding by 5 a.m. each day. Traffic will be detoured using the 40th Street Bridge to Butler Street to the Highland Park Bridge to northbound Route 28.

The bridge that carries Route 837-Duquesne-Kennywood Boulevard over a rail yard between North Second Street and Oakmont Avenue will be inspected next week and lane closures are possible from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Inspection of the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge may cause lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays starting Tuesday and continuing through Sept. 17.

Replacement of an inlet and pipe may cause the dreaded alternating one-way traffic with flaggers on South Park Road between Logan and Church roads in Bethel Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sept. 14.

Track work in Beechview will detour Port Authority’s Red Line this weekend. On Saturday from start of service until about 9 p.m., the outbound Red Line will detour via Overbrook (along Blue Line routing) from South Hills Junction to Willow/Overbrook Junction. Bus shuttles will provide outbound-only service to stops from Station Square to Potomac and a rail shuttle will operate outbound from Potomac to Overbrook Junction. Inbound Red Line service will use the regular route.

At about 9 p.m. Saturday, the Red Line will be detoured in both directions until the end of service on Sunday, with detoured service, bus shuttles and rail shuttles serving both inbound and outbound stops. Regular routing is expected to resume by start of service on Labor Day.

Parts of Broadway Avenue in Beechview will be closed to vehicular traffic at various times during the rail work. Parking will be prohibited on the southbound side of Broadway between Neeld and Fallowfield avenues on Saturday, and on the northbound side of that section on Sunday.

All transit service will be on holiday schedules on Monday. About 30 bus routes will be detoured in Downtown Pittsburgh by the Labor Day parade.

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