Monday, May 6, 2013
PennDOT is adding new on and off ramps between the highway and Route 228.
Traffic alert! The construction taking place to link new on and off ramps between I-79 and Route 228 in Cranberry will continue to affect motorists this week. Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9, nighttime single lane restrictions will be in place on Freedom Road to relocate underground utility lines. Work will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day. In the hopes of alleviating traffic in the area, PennDOT is adding new northbound and southbound on-ramps leading from Route 228 to Interstate 79. The $14.78 project eliminates two turning movements from Route 228 to I-79, improving access for motorists. Included in the construction are a new northbound on-ramp, a new southbound loop ramp and the reconstruction of the southbound off-…
Monday, October 29, 2012
After the Butler County judge remands it back to Cranberry, officials will hear additional testimony in the case.
Cranberry’s zoning hearing board will hear additional testimony next month on an appeal by Freedom Road resident James Wood that challenges the residential zoning of his property. Wood, who has claimed his land had been singled out from the properties around it for different treatment, filed an appeal with the Butler County Court of Common Pleas earlier in 2012 after the zoning hearing board denied his appeal on the zoning on his property. Wood is the owner of a home and a small electronics retail store on Freedom Road. His property is zoned residential while the property located directly across the street from it is zoned for commercial use, according to his appeal. In his filing, Wood said this showed a lack of coherence in the …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Customers give a thumbs up to the new location. Plus, what do you think should happen to the old Sheetz building?
Although it poured most of Thursday, the wet weather did little to dampen the spirits of area residents elated by the opening of the new Sheetz on Freedom Road. “I made a special trip to come down here today,” said Seven Fields resident Ryan Butler, who added he practically “lives” at Sheetz. The new location opened at 8 a.m. Thursday. Just a few minutes prior, Sheetz vacated the building it had occupied for 26 years, which is located just a stone’s throw away from the new store. The move was part of “seamless transition,” according to Sheetz spokeswoman Monica Jones Manager Joe Sancherr, who also worked at the old location, said he was thrilled with the new space, which features eight gas pumps, indoor and outdoor seating, an expanded …
Friday, September 21, 2012
The company will vacate its current Freedom Road location on the same day the new store opens.
Those craving an MTO or specialty Coffeez are in for a treat. After months of construction, the Sheetz on Freedom Road in Cranberry is about to open. Sheetz spokeswoman Monica Jones said the new gas station and convenience store is expected to open Thursday, Sept. 27. “It’s been a long time in coming,” she said. On the same day the new location opens, Sheetz will vacate the 26-year-old building it currently leases from LG Realty Advisors Inc. That building, also located on Freedom Road, is about a stone’s throw from the new store. “They’re doing what’s called a seamless transition,” Jones said. “The opening and closing are within minutes of each other, so there’s as little disruption for customers as possible.” David Mastrostefano, …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The coffee shop will reopen next week.
Cranberry area residents in search of a caffeine fix at the Freedom Road Starbucks will have to look elsewhere this week. The coffee Mecca will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday for updates to the shop. It will reopen Tuesday, July 31 with new décor, including wood accents, in place. While the Freedom Road location is closed, Starbucks aficionados can get their coffees and espressos at the township’s other Starbucks stores, including a shop on Route 228 inside the Cranberry Commons shopping plaza, inside the Cranberry Giant Eagle store and inside the Barnes and Noble Booksellers on Route 19. Of course, there are other coffee locations in and around Cranberry to visit, including Wunderbar in Zelienople, Graham Central Coffee House and Café in …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Up to 5,000 square feet is available for lease in the Freedom Road retail center.
The Freedom Square shopping center in Cranberry is home to the Freedom Square Diner, Shop ‘n Save, Crazy Mocha and more—but there still is some retail space available in the plaza. Langholz Wilson Ellis commercial real estate services in Pittsburgh has up to 5,000 square feet available to lease in the Freedom Road development. A business to occupy the space might or might not be around the corner. In the meantime, we’d like to know what you’d like to see fill the vacant spot. Is there something that would benefit the Cranberry area community? How could this space better serve you and your neighbors? Share your thoughts, ideas and concerns in the comments. Tell us what your vision is for this Cranberry Township vacancy.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Construction on the new on-ramps leading from Route 228 to Interstate 79 should begin in the next few months.
It’s coming. After years of planning, PennDOT is set to begin work to add ramps on the northern side of Route 228 in Cranberry that will link the highway directly to Interstate-79 in all directions, resulting in more green time for through traffic. Currently, westbound drivers on Route 228 who want to get onto I-79 in either direction must turn left across traffic to get onto the Interstate’s onramps. While they’re making those lefts, the through traffic on 228 is held back waiting—resulting in a traffic tangle. Jason Kratsas, Cranberry’s director of engineering, said work should begin on the $25 million PennDOT project in the next several months. No lanes on Route 228 will be shut down during the construction, he said. PennDOT also will …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Motorcyclist Gerald Rombach died Friday after colliding with an SUV.
Cranberry Township police are asking anyone who witnessed the fatal crash between a motorcyclist and a small SUV last week on Freedom Road to call police. The motorcycle driven by Gerald Rombach, 63, of Economy, collided with a Honda CRV at about 2:30 p.m. Friday at the entrance to the lower Cranberry Mall near the JoAnn Fabrics store. The impact caused Rombach to become trapped under the vehicle. He was conscious and talking when emergency responders arrived on the scene three minutes later, police said. He was taken by ambulance to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where was pronounced dead at 5:17 p.m. Police said Rombach was wearing a helmet. The driver of the Honda CRV, Marie Howland, of Freedom, was not injured. She was …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Gerald “Jerry” Rombach collided with a small SUV Friday in Cranberry.
An Economy man died Friday after being injured when his motorcycle collided with a SUV on Freedom Road near the lower entrance to the Cranberry Mall. Gerald “Jerry” Rombach, 63, collided with a Honda CRV turning left from Freedom Road into entrance of the mall at about 3 p.m. Friday. The impact caused him to land underneath the front of the SUV, according to Cranberry police. Rombach was conscious and talking when emergency responders arrived on the scene, police said. He was taken by ambulance to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and died later the same day, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office. Formerly of Pittsburgh’s North Side, Rombach spent 27 years as an official with Beaver Valley Football. He also was…
Friday, June 15, 2012
Traffic was tied up for about an hour Friday as police and fire crews cleared the accident from the roadway.
Traffic was tied up for about an hour Friday afternoon after a motorcycle and car collided on busy Freedom Road near the lower entrance to the Cranberry Mall. Cpl. William Ahlgren the motorcyclist driving east on Freedom Road at about 3 p.m. when he collided with the Honda CRV, which was turning left from Freedom Road into entrance of the mall. The impact caused the motorcyclist to land underneath the front of the SUV, Ahlgren said. “The gentleman fell underneath the car for a little bit after he was hit,” Ahlgren said. Ahlgren said the rider, whose name police do not know yet, was conscious and talking when emergency responders arrived on the scene. The man appeared to have some abrasions and a severe wound to his right arm, Ahlgren said…