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LIBERTY TUNNEL MAINTENANCE AND WASHING MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHTS, MAY 23 – 26, IN PITTSBURGH
Maintenance and washing activities in the Liberty Tunnel in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur, Monday through Thursday nights, May 23-26.

A single-lane restriction will occur in both directions of the tunnel each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for maintenance and washing activities.

LIBERTY BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT PHASE 1A BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 25, IN PITTSBURGH
Deck replacement work on the Liberty Bridge (Route 3069) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, April 25 weather permitting.

Beginning at 5 a.m. on Monday, deck replacement work will begin on the Liberty Bridge.  The deck will be replaced one lane at a time through four separate work phases over the course of approximately 160 consecutive days.  The first phase (1A) begins with the far right inbound (northbound) lane closure and includes the closure of the inbound (northbound) Liberty Bridge ramp to the Boulevard of the Allies.  This lane closure will continue for approximately 45 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.

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.

Ramp reconstruction work will occur in 2016 beginning with the inbound (northbound) Liberty Bridge ramp to the Boulevard of the Allies.  The ramp will close for approximately 52 days and traffic will be detoured.

Posted Ramp Detour

  • Continue inbound (northbound) on the Liberty Bridge past the closed ramp.
  • Continue onto the Crosstown Boulevard toward 6th Avenue/Forbes Avenue exit.
  • Exit Crosstown Boulevard to 6th Avenue.
  • Follow 6th Avenue to Grant Street.
  • Turn right onto Grant Street.
  • Turn right onto 7th Avenue.
  • Exit 7th Avenue to I-579 South/I-376 East toward Monroeville/Liberty Bridge.
  • Keep right and take ramp to I-376 East toward Oakland/Monroeville
  • Follow ramp onto Boulevard of the Allies
  • End detour

Additional information will be provided on each phase of construction prior to the implementation of the new traffic pattern.

Additional restrictions include:

  • McCardle Roadway will be reduced to a single-lane approaching the intersection of the bridge in both directions.  All current traffic movements will be available during bridge deck replacement.
  • The ramp from the Boulevard of the Allies to the outbound (southbound) Liberty Bridge has been reduced to a single-lane.  Additionally, ramp traffic will be placed in a stop condition at the bridge.  The ramp will close to traffic in later phases of the project.
  • Southbound I-579 traffic will be placed into 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 and one lane inbound until two hours after the event.
  • Pedestrian access to the bridge is prohibited during deck replacement work.  Pedestrian traffic will be detoured

Posted Pedestrian Detour

            Southbound

  • 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

           Northbound

  • Same detour in opposite direction

The northbound (inbound) Liberty Tunnel and Liberty Bridge will close to traffic for preparatory work from at 8 p.m. Friday, April 22 continuously through 5 a.m. Monday, April 25.  A single-lane of traffic will be maintained in the southbound (outbound) direction during the prep work.  Crews will be eradicating and painting lines, installing barrier, sign and message board installation, light pole removal and shifting the overhead lane control system.  All northbound traffic will be detoured at the south portal of the Liberty Tunnel.

Posted Detour

Northbound

  • 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

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Liberty Bridge traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Liberty Bridge” in the subject line. 

Additionally, project information including driving simulations for each traffic configuration and detour route maps, can be found at www.penndot.gov/libertybridge.

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. 

Posted Detour

  • 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

RIGHT LANE CLOSURE OF SECOND AVENUE LANE DOWNTOWN BETWEEN B STREET & ROSS STREET MONDAY, MARCH 14 – SIX WEEKS
The Department of Public Works advises that the right inbound lane of Second Avenue will be closed between B Street and Ross Street starting Monday, March 14, 2016. 

The lane closure will remain in place for approximately six weeks to allow for construction at the corner of Ross Street and Second Avenue.  During construction no right turns will be allowed from Second Avenue onto Ross Street. 

A detour will be provided from Second Avenue to B Street to First Avenue to Ross Street for vehicles wishing to turn from Second Avenue onto Ross Street.  Pedestrians will have access to all buildings and businesses.

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

WABASH TUNNEL
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 
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. 

 

 

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