Local News 11/16/22

News for Wednesday November 16, 2022

Some roadwork in Altoona led to some evacuations of businesses.

The Altoona Mirror reports a contractor’s backhoe cut into a gas line main on 13th Avenue near 13th Street, causing a leak that led to the evacuation of nearby Blair Senior Services and TLC Childcare at First Lutheran Church.

Workers were  digging to lay conduit in preparation for replacing the traffic signals at the intersection near the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.  Officials with the company say the gas line was shallower than such lines are typically located.

Peoples Natural Gas sent a repair crew, and the line was back in service mid-morning.

A veteran’s assistance program that helps Veterans in Pennsylvania was awarded thousands in funding by Comcast.

WTAJ TV reports the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) helps veterans with housing, career development, wellness and supportive services. VLP was awarded $75,000 in grants and 100 laptops that will help service coordinators connect with veterans that are in need of assistance.

VLP will use the computers to help connect more veterans in Allegheny, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Elk, Fulton, Huntingdon, Jefferson, and Somerset Counties to service coordinators.

The computer banks will make it easier to complete intakes, provide referrals, help with housing searches, work together to complete job applications and other emergency assistance needs.

Authorities say Tuesday’s winter weather has caused several crashes throughout the area.

WJAC TV reports In Cambria County, 911 officials say one student and one adult were transported to an area hospital after a school bus rolled over in Susquehanna Township, near Northern Cambria, Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say the crash occurred along the 500 block of Grace Street around 3:30 p.m.

Officials say the two individuals were transported as a precaution.

PennDot did issue some reduced speeds on major highways during the heart of yesterdays first winter weather storm of the season.

 WTAJ TV reports there will still be a  wintry mix through the early morning hours Today—but you will still want to be cautious on your morning commute.

Roads should improve, but forecasters ask you to keep in mind that there will still be isolated slick spots into Wednesday morning.

Pennsylvania State Police are reminding motorists of safe driving practices when traveling in winter weather conditions.

  • Troopers ask drivers to slow down and increase following distances to avoid a crash.

Pennsylvania law now requires you to remove snow, ice from cars.

  • Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com.
  • 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.
  • 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts.
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