How to Get Around Upcoming Closing of the Parkway East

Planning ahead, especially if you're going to Saturday's Pitt game at Heinz Field or Penguins game at Consol Energy Center, is crucial.

If you use the Parkway East to get home from Friday's light up night celebration, don't dawdle downtown after the fireworks finale. 

Friday at 11 p.m. sharp — and continuing through Monday morning — the Parkway East will close outbound between Oakland and Squirrel Hill so that demolition work can begin on the Greenfield Bridge. The story is nearly the same for the inbound lanes, which will be closed between Forest Hills and Oakland. 

The city is recommending that fans going to either the Pitt/Louisville game at Heinz Field or the Penguins/Sharks game at Consol Energy Center on Saturday — and usually get off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Monroeville to come into the city — take the Allegheny Valley exit to route 28 or the Cranberry exit to interstate 79 to get into town.

Other detours are the same as when PennDOT closed the Squirrel Hill Tunnel for rehab work a few years ago.

Wilkinsburg exit to Penn Avenue to Fifth Avenue to Parkway East.

Oakland exit to Forbes Avenue to South Bellefield to Fifth Avenue to Penn Avenue to Parkway East.

This is the first of two weekends — the next is Dec 4-6 — between now and Christmas when the parkway will be closed in both directions so Mosites Heavy Construction can prepare for the implosion of the aging bridge during the week between Christmas and New Years. If all goes as planned, the parkway will close for four days right after Christmas for the implosion and cleanup afterwards. 

––Richard Cook


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#Medical: Pittsburgh doctors test peanut allergy treatment 

Peanut allergies are dangerous because the only real treatment option is avoidance.

But accidents happen. What if you accidentally take the wrong cookie from the break room? Or eat fries made in peanut oil? There’s no desensitization shot, and very few people grow out of it. In terms of immediate treatment, it’s the good-ole EpiPen and a trip to the emergency room.

Now comes word that a group of Pittsburgh doctors is working on a possible alternative.

For the past three years, a team of local allergists, including Dr. Deborah Gentile of Allegheny General  Hospital  and Dr. Todd Green of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, have developed a peanut allergen-releasing patch. It looks more like a Band-aid than a medical experiment, which is great because patients accepted to the study have to wear it for a year. During which time, the patch continually introduces peanut allergens through the skin, building a tolerance.

So far, the results have been encouraging. Most patients hardly react to the patch, aside from some minor itching and redness. The next phase of testing — on children ages 6 to 11 — is starting soon. From there, it could be on to the Food an Drug Administration for final approval. 

“This is likely not a therapy that will allow kids to go eat a peanut butter sandwich," Dr. Green tells KDKA-TV. "but [it] will give them more of a buffer so they have some protection if they get an accidental exposure.”

That buffer could be crucial for people who are highly sensitive, giving them more time to find medical care.

–Lauralei Kraski


photo by wally gobetz via flickr creative commons


#ColossalCongrats! Dippy wins clash of the Carnegies 

Three weeks and more than 10,000 votes later — we have a winner.

Diplodocus carnegii, AKA Pittsburgh’s beloved Dippyhas been crowned victor of Clash of the Carnegies as the people’s choice for favorite Carnegie Museum exhibit.

Dippy survived three rounds of voting — beating out the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s T-Rex exhibit, (by just 1 vote) the Miniature Railroad and Village, Vincent Van Gogh's Wheat Fields After Rain, and Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds

Dippy is social media savvy and it didn't take long for Pittsburghers to send their congratulations via Facebook and Twitter.

And of course we want to offer our own digital high-five. 


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