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Lane closures coming on Route 22

MIFFLINTOWN — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is alerting area drivers that lane closures will begin on Monday, April 22, along eastbound and westbound U.S. Route 22/322, near the Arch Rock interchange in Juniata County.

The lane closures are necessary for repair and preservation work on the eastbound and westbound Route 22 bridges that span Cuba Mills Road. Repair work will upgrade the status of both bridges from “poor” to “good” condition.

Lane closures and traffic control set-up will take place on the eastbound bridge first, with a closure of the right/travel lane. Once set-up work is done late Monday or early Tuesday, the closure will switch to the left/passing lane, with the right lane re-opened. The left passing lane will then remain closed until repair work in that lane is complete.

Late next week or sometime the following week, PennDOT expects to repeat the set-up pattern for the westbound bridge, eventually closing the left/passing lane for work to take place. Work on the westbound bridge will have priority to complete westbound repairs before the start of Penn State football season.

Electronic message boards and roadway signing will alert drivers to the lane restrictions. Drivers need to remain alert for stopped or slowed traffic as they move through this area of Route 22/322.

Overall work includes deck and beam repairs, pier encapsulation, installation of new expansion dams, and new approach slabs.

PennDOT will issue updates on this project as work progress makes lane changes necessary. PennDOT reminds drivers to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Motorists are encouraged to “Know Before They Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 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 accessible on the 511PA website.

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VA to host free

veterans legal clinic

ALTOONA — The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona is hosting a free veterans legal clinic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 24. Free legal advice will be provided for all veterans requiring assistance involving issues with housing, appeals, Social Security and more. These clinics will be done on a first come, first served basis.

Veterans who wish to participate are encouraged to come early.

For more information call public affairs at (814) 943-8164, ext. 7404 or (814) 569-3386.