Worked Planned on Interstate 79 Bridge in the City of Erie








For Immediate Release – Travel Advisory
May 22, 2024

Media Contact: Jill Harry
Phone: 814-678-5035




Work Planned on Interstate 79 Bridge in the City of Erie




Oil City, PA– Tomorrow employees from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Erie County facility will be doing routine maintenance work on the bridge that carries Interstate 79 over the CSX railroad tracks between Route 5 and Route 20 in the City of Erie.

Motorists should be alert for lane restrictions on I-79 near the bridge as well as the ramp from Route 5 (12th Street) to I-79 southbound. The lane closures are expected to be in place from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM on May 23, 2024.

Drivers should use alternate routes if possible as travel delays in that area are likely throughout the day.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways 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 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 accessible on the 511PA website.

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Public Library Announces Jessica Stefano as New Director


For Immediate Release
May 22, 2024

Media Contact: Chris Carroll
Phone: 814-860-0794




Erie County Public Library Announces Jessica Stefano as New Director


Erie, PA- The Erie County Public Library (ECPL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Stefano as the new Director of the Erie County Public Library. A life-long resident of Erie County, Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a passion for community service to her new role.

Jessica Stefano holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in English from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. She is also a 2024 graduate of the Masters of Science in Library Science Program at Pennsylvania Western University. Additionally, Jessica is a 2023 graduate of the Pennsylvania Library Association’s (PaLA) Academy of Leadership Studies and serves as a member of the PaLA PA Forward Literacies Committee.

Jessica began her career with ECPL in the spring of 2022 as the Iroquois Branch Manager. In December 2023, she transitioned to the role of Youth Services Manager and, in May 2024,
stepped in as Interim Director. Her prior experience includes serving as the Assistant Director of Education and a Certified Interpretive Guide at Asbury Woods Partnership.

Throughout her career, she has developed strong relationships with colleagues from various regional organizations with complementary missions. She looks forward to leveraging these connections and partnerships to maximize the library’s positive impact on the Erie community.

“I am honored to take on this new role and excited to continue working with the dedicated team at the Erie County Public Library,” said Jessica Stefano. “Our library is a vital resource for the
community, and I look forward to enhancing our services and programs to meet the evolving needs of our patrons.”

County Executive Brenton Davis expressed his enthusiasm for Jessica’s appointment, stating, “Jessica’s experience and dedication to our community make her an excellent choice for Director of the Erie County Public Library. Her vision and leadership will undoubtedly strengthen the library’s role as a cornerstone of education and enrichment in Erie County.”

Please join us in welcoming Jessica Stefano as the new Director of the Erie County Public Library.


Press Conference to Launch Construction Trades Program

For Immediate Release
May 17, 2024

Media Contact: Abby Heidt




Erie County and Erie County Community Collage to host Press Conference to Launch Construction Trades Program


Erie, PA- Erie County and Erie County Community Collage (EC3) are holding a press conference on Monday May, 20th at 10:00am at the Erie County Community Collage to announce its upcoming Construction Trades program for the summer of 2024. The Geared towards empowering individuals with essential skills for success in the construction industry, this program promises a comprehensive blend of theoretical knowledge an hands-on training.

The Construction Trades program offered by EC3 aims to equip participants with fundamental skills essential for thriving in the construction sector. Spanning 144 instructional hours, this non-credit course provides a robust foundation in safety, mathematics, tool usage, construction drawings interpretation, rigging, communication, employability, and material handling.

Upon successful completion, attendees will not only enhance their skill sets but also boost their employability within the Construction Trades. Moreover, completers will have the opportunity to obtain certifications including, but not limited to, NCCER CORE, OSHA 10, Ladder Safety & Fall Prevention, and Basic First Aid & CPR.

This program is made possible through funding from PA DCED Whole-Home Repairs Program and the County of Erie.


Key program highlights:
Duration: July 8 – August 8,2024
Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays, 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: EC3 West, 2403 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505
Cost/Fees: No Charge – Funded by Erie County through a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development



For Immediate Release
May 16, 2024

Media Contact: Emily Aloiz




The Erie County Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Public Comment Period Opens May 15th – June 13th


Erie, PA – As a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Erie MPO is responsible for developing a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in partnership with PennDOT and EMTA. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a short-term work program that lists all regionally significant transportation initiatives that are federally funded to be carried out within the metropolitan planning area of Erie County. The TIP contains lists of projects and associated documentation about the TIP process and project evaluation criteria. The entire TIP is officially updated every two years in Erie County, but it serves as a living document that is constantly being revised and amended with approval of the Erie MPO.

The public is encouraged to provide input and feedback on the Draft 2025-2028 TIP from May 15th to June 13th, 2024. Two public meetings will facilitate this feedback process, one virtually via Microsoft Teams on May 30th from noon-1:00p.m. (accessible at or by dialing +1 323-457-6502 with code 995980079#) and one in person at the Blasco Library’s Admiral Room (160 East Front Street, Erie PA 16507) on May 30th from 4:30-6:00p.m.

The Draft 2025-2028 TIP documents are accessible for review starting May 15th on the Erie County Department of Planning TIP website:

Transportation Improvement Program | Erie County, PA (

Alternatively, hard copies are available upon request at the Erie County Department of Planning Office located at 150 East Front Street, Erie, PA 16507. Public comments can be submitted using the Public Comment Form on the Erie County TIP Website (above) or by visiting the Erie County Department of Planning. Submissions can be sent electronically to pcdinfo@eriecountypa,gov or via mail to the Erie County Department of Planning at 150 East Front Street, Suite 300, Erie, PA 16507.

The Erie MPO is committed to compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of applicable civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations, and policies. With 10 day advance notification, accommodations may be provided for those with special needs related to language, sight, or hearing. If you speak another language, language assistance is available to you free of charge. If you have a request for a special accommodation, wish to file a Title VI complaint, or desire additional information, contact Emily Aloiz, 814-451-7325 (TTY: 814-451- 623) or email Meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to file an ADA complaint or request an accommodation, contact Kelly Ryan, 914-451-7064 (TTY: 814-451-6237) or email


Conference on County Municipal Infrastructure and GAP Program


May 2, 2024


County Executive to host Press Conference on Erie County Municipal Infrastructure and GAP Program


County Executive Brenton Davis invites members of the media to a press conference on Friday May 3, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. to provide updates and insights into the Erie County Municipal Infrastructure and GAP Program.

To date, the Erie County Municipal Infrastructure and GAP has awarded over $3.5 million dollars throughout Erie County, which has brought more than $13 million dollars worth of infrastructure projects to completion.

During the press conference, County Executive Davis will also issue an award of $250,000 to Washington Township to construct an operation and maintenance building at the Edinboro Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW). This facility will replace two current structures and provide areas for administrative and operational activities. The new facility will include seven garage bays for the proper storage of all vehicles, equipment, spare parts, and materials used to operate and maintain the POTW and the Borough sewer system. The new building will also include necessary space for an administrative office, an environmental laboratory, an employee training and break area, and three ADA compliant restrooms.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend and learn more about how the Municipal Infrastructure and GAP Program benefit Erie County and its residents.

Event Details:

Date: 5/3/24
Time: 1:00 p.m
Location: County Executive Press Room

Contact: Chris Carroll
Phone: (814) 860-0794