News for 5/13/13

Interstate 81

 Interstate 81 at the 22/322 interchange remains closed today following Thursday’s fiery crash on the interstate, but construction is on schedule and PennDOT officials hope to reopen the northbound and southbound lanes of I-81 by tomorrow morning.

 Route 22 inbound to Harrisburg re-opened yesterday with one lane going in and one lane going out of the city 

 Toll charges are still being waived by the turnpike, but only between Harrisburg east (exit 247) and Carlisle (exit 226)The toll waivers will remain in effect until Interstate 81 re-opens.

 Road Work

 Weather permitting; pavement restoration at the intersection of University Drive, Easterly Parkway and Walnut Spring Lane will take play today and tomorrow between the hours of 7 and 5.Work will require periodic flagging and lane restrictions. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution in the work area as delays can be expected.

Mother’s Day 5k

 Around 100 people participated in the fourth annual Bridge of Hope Mother’s Day 5k run/walk in Boalsburg on Saturday.The event raises money and awareness for homeless and at- risk single mothers in the region. 

Mayor Bike Ride

 In celebration of Bike to Work Week and Bike Month, State College Mayor and the State College Bicycle Ambassadors will participate in a 7 mile ride through State College on Wednesday night.

 According to a release from the borough, riders will leave from the Municipal Building on South Allen Street at 5:30 and will follow a route up and through campus and around the shared-use path on Blue Course Drive and through the shared-use path at Orchard Park.The Centre Region was recognized as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community last year.

Fallen Officers

 Police officers who’ve biked from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia as part of the Police Unity Tour arrived at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC yesterday to mark the start of National Police Week, where officers will remember those who were killed in the line of duty.

 A candlelight vigil will be held tonight in our nation’s capital to remember 321 officers whose names were inscribed on the memorial this year. 120 officers, including 5 from Pennsylvania, lost their lives in the line of duty last year.  

Burn

 Today, beginning at 9:30am, Penn State and The Nature Conservancy will be executing a prescribed burn at The Arboretum at Penn State.According to the university, the five acre burn site will be located within College Township near Big Hollow and Tower Roads.

 Prescribed burns are initiated for multiple purposes; including helping eliminate brush that could fuel in the event of a forest fire, manage invasive species, and to stimulate growth of desirable vegetation.