ANDY WARHOL (7TH STREET) BRIDGE CLOSURE
The Andy Warhol (7th Street) Bridge will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016. The closure is required for a $25.4 million rehabilitation project. The project includes a new concrete deck, structural steel repairs, painting, and upgrades to the bridge’s draining system. The project is anticipated to last until November 17, 2017.
The Rachel Carson (9th Street) Bridge will be utilized as a detour. The Roberto Clemente (6th Street) Bridge will still be closed prior to and after Pittsburgh Pirates home games, and traffic leaving the City of Pittsburgh should find an alternate route. Suggested routes include the David McCullough (16th Street) Bridge or the Fort Duquesne Bridge. The Port Authority of Allegheny County will provide any information regarding changes to bus stops or routes prior to the closure.
SOUTHBOUND I-279 FORT DUQUESNE BRIDGE LANE RESTRICTIONS START SUNDAY NIGHT, JULY 30, IN PITTSBURGH
Lane restrictions on the southbound I-279 Fort Duquesne Bridge over the Allegheny River in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Sunday night, July 31 weather permitting.
A single-lane restriction will occur on the lower deck of the bridge as crews from Thornbury, Inc. perform repair work. Restrictions will occur each night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Tuesday night August 2. All ramps will remain open.
HOV LANES CRACK SEALING THIS SATURDAY, JULY 30, THROUGHOUT ALLEGHENY COUNTY
Crack sealing operations on the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Allegheny County, will occur Saturday, July 30 weather permitting. To allow the work to occur, the HOV lanes will close to traffic for the maintenance operation. Crack sealing operations will occur on the HOV lanes from approximately 12:01 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Crack and joint sealing is a preservation activity that prolongs the life of road surfaces by preventing moisture from entering cracks and joints. Moisture can cause potholes and premature deterioration requiring more costly repairs. Concrete Coring Company, Inc. will conduct the work.
I-279 PARKWAY NORTH BRIDGE INSPECTIONS IN NORTHSHORE AREA CONTINUE NEXT WEEK, AUGUST 1-5, IN PITTSBURGH
Work to inspect bridges over the Parkway North (I-279) in Allegheny County, will occur next week, Monday through Friday, August 1-5 weather permitting.
Lane and shoulder restrictions will occur as needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the northbound direction and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the southbound direction. Field surveys and wall and bridge inspection activities will occur in the following locations:
- Southbound I-279 ramp to Route 65
- Various bridges in the Northshore area
- Howard Street
LIBERTY BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT NEXT PHASE BEGINS AUGUST 1 IN PITTSBURGH
WITH PREPARATORY CLOSURES TO INBOUND BRIDGE AND TUNNEL THIS WEEKEND, FRIDAY JULY 29 - SUNDAY JULY 31
The next phase of the Liberty Bridge deck replacement work in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, August 1 weather permitting.
“Beginning on Monday, motorists exiting the City of Pittsburgh will see a new configuration on the outbound Liberty Bridge,” said District Executive Dan Cessna. “The two southbound lanes will be split by the work zone. We urge motorists to use caution and be prepared for the new traffic pattern.”
Preparatory work will occur from 8 p.m. Friday night, July 29 continuously through approximately noon on Sunday, July 31 as the inbound (northbound) Liberty Bridge and Tunnel will close to traffic to allow crews to begin the phase change. Crews will be eradicating and painting lines, installing barrier, signs and message boards and shifting the overhead lane control system. One outbound (southbound) lane will be maintained on the bridge. Inbound traffic will be detoured.
- Take Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) northbound
- Take the exit to I-376 West/US 19 South toward Carnegie/Airport/West End
- Take Exit 69A toward US 19 South/Banksville Road
- Keep left and loop back to I-376 eastbound toward Fort Pitt Tunnel
- Follow eastbound I-376 through Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge
- For access to I-279 destinations follow I-279 signage, all other destinations take exit toward I-376 East/Monroeville
- Take the left exit 71A to Grant Street
- Turn left onto Grant Street
- End detour
When prep work is concluded on Sunday, the afternoon configuration of two inbound lanes and one outbound lane will be implemented until Monday afternoon.
Beginning at 5 a.m. on Monday, August 1, the inside southbound (outbound) lane on the Liberty Bridge will close to traffic for approximately 30 days as crews conduct deck replacement work. During the afternoon configuration, the two southbound (outbound) lanes will be split by the work zone. (see attached document)
The currently closed, inside northbound lane on the bridge will reopen to traffic. The deck will be replaced one lane at a time through four separate work phases over the course of approximately 160 consecutive days.
During each phase of construction, the traffic configuration will be changed three times each weekday. (see attached document) Three lanes of traffic will be maintained during peak travel times and two lanes will be maintained overnight. The traffic patterns will occur according to the following schedule:
- Two inbound (northbound) lanes and one outbound (southbound) lane will be maintained from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday.
- Two outbound (southbound) lanes and one inbound (northbound) lane will be maintained from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. each weekday.
- A single-lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each weeknight.
- Work may occur on Saturdays and Sundays. Additional information will be provided if work occurs.
To allow each configuration to occur, a short traffic stoppage of 15 minutes or less will be implemented for each traffic switch. Crews will shift channelizers, cover signs and change message boards.
Additional information will be provided on each phase of construction prior to the implementation of the new traffic pattern.
As a reminder, additional restrictions include:
- The ramp from the Boulevard of the Allies to the outbound (southbound) Liberty Bridge has been reduced to a single-lane. Additionally, ramp traffic has been placed in a stop condition at the bridge. The ramp will close to traffic in later phases of the project.
- Southbound I-579 traffic is currently placed in a stop condition approaching the ramp from the Boulevard of the Allies. Traffic from southbound I-579 will merge into a single-lane with the Boulevard of the Allies ramp as it approaches the southbound (outbound) Liberty Bridge.
- The speed limit on the bridge will be reduced to 30 MPH.
- The inbound (northbound) right lane through the Liberty Tunnel will be required to turn right onto McCardle Roadway from 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays.
- Weekend configurations will depend on work activities and event schedules. When work is completed for the weekend, it is anticipated that the traffic configuration will consist of two inbound lanes and one outbound lane. When major events at the Consol Energy Center occur on the weekend, it is anticipated that two lanes will be maintained outbound after the event.
- PJ McCardle Roadway from Arlington Avenue will reopen to two lanes during this phase of construction.
- Pedestrian access to the bridge is prohibited during deck replacement work. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured
Posted Pedestrian Detour
- From the closed stairwell at Ross Street and Second Avenue, cross Ross Street toward Grant Street
- Take Grant Street south toward Fort Pitt Boulevard
- Cross I-376 off-ramp and enter shared use pedestrian/bicycle Great Allegheny Passage
- Cross the Smithfield Street Bridge
- Turn left onto East Carson Street
- Cross East Carson Street to Arlington Avenue
- U-turn at the intersection of Arlington Avenue and PJ McCardle Roadway, crossing Arlington Avenue at the farthest approach, east of the McCardle Roadway
- Follow Arlington Avenue back to the Liberty Bridge stairwell
- End detour
- Same detour in opposite direction
EAST OHIO STREET RAMP TO NORTHBOUND ROUTE 28 LONG-TERM CLOSURE BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 1, THROUGH NOVEMBER, IN PITTSBURGH
Long-term closure of the East Ohio Street (Route 4084) ramp to northbound Route 28 in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, August 1 weather permitting.
Beginning at 4 a.m. on Monday, the ramp that carries traffic from East Ohio Street to northbound Route 28 will close around-the-clock through Wednesday, November 9. Crews will conduct ramp reconstruction, bridge deck work and wall repairs. All ramp traffic will be detoured.
- From East Ohio Street, turn right onto Chestnut Street and cross the bridge over Route 28
- Turn left onto Progress Street
- Turn left onto Heinz Street
- Slight right onto the ramp toward northbound Route 28
- End detour
This $12.74 million project includes the reconstruction of East Ohio Street and the Route 28 ramps to and from East Ohio Street. Additional work includes wall repairs and bridge painting operations. Reconstruction work on East Street and Madison Avenue was completed in 2015. The overall project will conclude in November 2016.
SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 65 LONG-TERM CLOSURE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, THROUGH MID-SEPTEMBER AT BEAVER AVENUE RAMP IN PITTSBURGH
The closure of a portion of southbound Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin on Wednesday, July 6 weather permitting.
A long-term closure of southbound Route 65 will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday between the Beaver Avenue Exit ramp and the West End Bridge. Crews will conduct mainline bridge rehabilitation through mid-September. Southbound Route 65 traffic will be detoured.
Posted Southbound Route 65 Detour
- All southbound Route 65 traffic will exit at the North Route 19 Marshall Avenue/Beaver Avenue Exit.
- Follow Beaver Avenue southbound.
- Take the ramp to I-279/I-376 Downtown Pittsburgh back to southbound Route 65
- End detour.
EAST OHIO STREET LONG-TERM SINGLE-LANE RESTRICTIONS MONDAY, APRIL 25 –LATE SEPTEMER IN PITTSBURGH
Long-term lane restrictions on East Ohio Street (Route 4084) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, April 25 weather permitting.
Long-term single-lane restrictions in each direction will occur on East Ohio Street between Nash Street and Chestnut Street. Crews will begin roadway reconstruction and expansion dam work at approximately 12:01 a.m. on Monday. Restrictions will remain in place for approximately 145 consecutive days through late September. Turning lanes will remain in place at the following intersections with East Ohio Street:
- Chestnut Street
- Madison Avenue
- East Street
Additionally, beginning at approximately 12:01 a.m. on Monday the southbound Route 28 off-ramp to East Ohio Street will close for 45 consecutive days as crews conduct ramp reconstruction work and wall repairs. All ramp traffic will be detoured.
- Continue south on Route 28 past the closed ramp
- Turn left onto Anderson Street
- Turn left onto East General Robinson Street which becomes northbound Route 28
- Take the ramp to I-279 North/East Ohio Street
- End detour
BIRMINGHAM BRIDGE PRESERVATION BEGINS NEW PHASE MONDAY, MARCH 11 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 IN PITTSBURGH
The next phase of work on the Birmingham Bridge Complex Preservation Project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, March 14 weather permitting.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, the southbound side of the Birmingham Bridge will close to traffic to begin preservation work. All southbound traffic will be shifted into the northbound lanes. The new configuration will consist of two northbound lanes and one southbound lane. Additionally, all bicycles and pedestrians will use the barrier protected northbound side of the bridge.
The on-ramp from Forbes Avenue to the Birmingham Bridge will close, as will the southbound sidewalk. Motorists will be detoured.
Car and Truck Detour from Forbes Avenue
- Eastbound Forbes Avenue traffic will continue past the closed ramp
- Turn left onto Craft Avenue
- Turn left onto Fifth Avenue
- Follow Fifth Avenue back to the bridge
- End detour
Additionally, left hand bicycle turns and pedestrian access from Fifth Avenue to the southbound bridge approach will be prohibited. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be detoured.
Posted Bicycle and Pedestrian Detour from Fifth Avenue
- Follow Fifth Avenue past the intersection with the Birmingham Bridge
- Turn left onto Moultrie Street
- Turn left onto Forbes Avenue
- Continue past the closed on-ramp to the bridge
- Turn right onto the protected bi-directional bicycle and pedestrian lane
- End detour
Bicyclists and pedestrians heading northbound across the bridge to Fifth Avenue will be detoured.
Posted Bicycle and Pedestrian Detour from Carson Street to Fifth Avenue
- Follow the bi-directional protected bicycle and pedestrian lane northbound across the bridge and down the ramp to Forbes Avenue
- Turn left onto Forbes Avenue
- Cross Forbes Avenue at the crosswalk
- Turn right onto Moultrie Street
- Turn right onto Fifth Avenue
- End detour
The new long-term configuration will remain in place around-the-clock through Sunday, November 13.
PORT AUTHORITY RED LINE PROJECT IN BEECHVIEW STARTS MARCH 27 AND LASTS FOR SIX MONTHS
Port Authority plans to replace nearly a mile of aging and deteriorating light rail tracks in Beechview beginning in March. Port Authority will shut down this section of Red Line for approximately six months starting March27 to replace embedded tracks and street pavement in the center lanes of Broadway Avenue.
Here are some rider options:
A bus shuttle will run on Broadway Avenue from the Fallowfield Station to the Potomac Station every 12 minutes during am and pm rush. This shuttle will run every 30 minutes in non-rush hours, evenings and weekends. There will be no charge to ride the shuttle. It will stop at all existing light rail stops.
A Special Light Rail Shuttle will run between Potomac and Overbrook Junction Stations. Riders can connect with the Blue Line at the Overbrook Junction. This special shuttle will run every 12 minutes during the am and pm rush hours, every 20 minutes between rush hours and weekends, and every 30 minutes weekday evenings. This shuttle is free.
A special 42 Dormont bus will originate at the Mt Lebanon Station and travel to Downtown via West Liberty Avenue during weekday am/pm rush hours only. Riders will pay the standard Zone 1 fare of $2.50. 41 Bower Hill service may also be used between Dormont and Downtown.
The Blue Line will have additional trips throughout the day.
CLOSURE OF OLIVER AVENUE FROM PARKING AUTHORITY GARAGE TO SMITHFIELD STREET BEGINS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Due to the redevelopment of the former Saks Department site, on Monday, February 8, Oliver Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from the PPA Garage to Smithfield Street. From the PPA Garage to Wood Street, Oliver Avenue will be converted to 2-way traffic so all traffic existing the garage will turn left towards Wood Street.
Port Authority notice to riders: Year long detour beginning Mon. 2/8/16, P12,P16, & P67 will not stop at Oliver/ William Penn Place outbound. Riders should go to Grant opp/Oliver
All vehicles can use the tunnel through August 2016.
THREE RIVERS HERITAGE TRAIL AT ALLEGHENY LANDING
Trail users are urged to exercise caution when using the lower portion of the trail between the 6th and 7th Street Bridges on the North Shore.
Beginning Monday, August 10, the trail narrows due to ongoing construction and construction vehicles may be present.
FORBES AVENUE BETWEEN SMITHFIELD AND WOOD STREETS CLOSED UNTIL END OF JULY
A. Merante Contracting, Inc, contractor for a City of Pittsburgh infrastructure project, will be closing Forbes Avenue between Smithfield and Wood Streets for an estimated 8 - 12 months to work on underground utilities and vaults. Pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalks and access the businesses.