Improved Safety in the Wexford Flats
7/27/2018
Improved Safety in the Wexford Flats

The Wexford Flats Improvement Project was completed in the spring of 2013, and it has made a markedly positive change in the community. Safety, congestion mitigation and management, and improvement of the quality of life in the community were the benchmarks of the project. A review of the accident data available through PennDOT shows that we have met those benchmarks.

According to an analysis of public PennDOT statistics, there has been a 38 percent decrease in accidents and a 33 percent decrease in injuries along that section of Route 19. The crash and injury information was drawn from PennDOT’s Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool, comparing accident data from the five years prior to the project and the five years following completion.

Countless individuals – from PennDOT, hired private contractors, local municipal and school officials, business and land owners, community organizations and citizens who make use of the highway – came together to make sure the project was a success. We were proud to help spearhead this effort and move this project forward.

Starting at its southern limits in the Town of McCandless, the 2.33-mile project commenced north of Longvue Avenue in the Town of McCandless (near the lngomar Fire substation) and continued into the Township of Pine, where it finished north of the North Chapel/Manor Road intersection (near Aldi's). The existing roadway was widened from 42 feet to 63 feet, consisting of four 11-foot lanes separated by a 14-foot center turning lane with a 2- to 6-foot curb gutter along both sides of the roadway. Adjacent to the curb is a 5-foot sidewalk on either side of Route 19/Perry Highway. The intersections were widened to 63 feet to accommodate left-turn standby lanes using state-of-the-art signalization.

 

The intersection of Brown Road and Route 19 in the Wexford Flats.
 
 
Prescription Drug Take Back and Shredding Event
 

We will be hosting a free prescription drug take back and shredding event on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 4-6 p.m. at the McKnight Elementary/North Allegheny Intermediate School parking lots, Cumberland Road in McCandless.

The drug take back event will give you the opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs with the assistance of the Town of McCandless Police Department.

The shredding event will give you the chance to safeguard yourself against identity theft by having your personal documents securely destroyed.
 
 
Take the Family Fishing This Weekend
 
North Park Lake will be the site of two educational catfish-related youth fishing events. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 28, a Catfish Expo will run from 4-6 p.m., followed by a Mentored Youth Catfish opportunity at 6-11 p.m. Also, have fun fishing on Sunday, July 29, from 6:15 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Catfish Expo will be open to anyone; however, the fishing that follows will be available only to holders of the Mentored Youth Permits of the Voluntary Youth Fishing Licenses and will require a mentor be present while the youth is fishing.

Youth anglers can obtain a free Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC)-issued permit or a purchase a voluntary youth fishing license at GoneFishingPA.com. Adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and be accompanied by a youth.

North Park Lake is located at 303 Pierce Mill Road in Allison Park.
 
 
House Asks Attorney General to Investigate State Data Breaches


With news breaking last week of a security breach at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and a previous breach at the Department of Human Services, the House has asked the Office of Attorney General to investigate. Since then, it has come to light that personal information of nearly 13,000 personnel and inmates within the state Department of Corrections may have been compromised in recent weeks.

The House has asked the attorney general to investigate whether Pennsylvanians’ vital personal information was exposed during the Department of Health breach in late June. The attorney general has conducted several other investigations involving data breaches of Equifax, Uber, the TIO Networks, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Facebook and the Target Corporation.

In addition to the call for an investigation, the House passed two bills this session dealing with data security and informing the public of possible breaches.

House Bill 1846 would require notice within 45 days to Pennsylvania residents when there is a breach of security in plain language and must include the date of the breach and the toll-free numbers to credit reporting agencies.

House Bill 1847 would amend the Credit Reporting Agency Act to waive the current $10 fee to freeze credit reports and would provide consumers with three months of free credit monitoring following a data breach and three free credit reports for one calendar year after the breach.
 
 
Don’t Miss Out on Your Unclaimed Property
 

The Pennsylvania Treasury Department has notified my office of a list of residents and businesses that have unclaimed property. The Unclaimed Property Program, administered by the Treasury Department, is seeking owners of this unclaimed property.

Abandoned or forgotten, these items may include bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks, unused gift cards, life insurance policies, proceeds from safe deposit boxes and much more.

You can check to see if you have unclaimed property for free at patreasury.gov/claim or contact my office. You need not pay a fee to a private entity to have property recovered.
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