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OUTBOUND FORT PITT TUNNEL CEILING REMOVAL THIS WEEKEND MARCH 27-30
The outbound (westbound) Fort Pitt Tunnel on the Parkway West (I-376) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will close to traffic this weekend, March 27-30.

Beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday night, March 27, the outbound (westbound) Fort Pitt Tunnel will close to traffic around-the-clock through 6 a.m. Monday morning, March 30 for tunnel ceiling removal work.  All traffic will be detoured.  Signs will be posted to guide motorists.  The posted detour will require westbound traffic to form a single lane exiting at the North Route 837/Route 51 West End (Exit 69C) ramp on the Fort Pitt Bridge. The inbound (eastbound) tunnel will remain open, although short-term traffic stoppages may occur for equipment access and material removal.      

Posted Detour

WESTBOUND

  • From the Fort Pitt Bridge, traffic will take the ramp to North Route 837/Route 51 West End (Exit 69C)

  • Follow Route 837 (West Carson Street) to the West End Circle

  • Turn left onto southbound Route 51 towards the Airport

  • Follow Route 51 to Airport/Carnegie ramp to I-376 Parkway West

  • End detour

PennDOT reminds motorists to use all open lanes to the merge point. Please be courteous to other motorists and allow them to merge. The effectiveness of traffic flow entering the detour route is highly dependent on driver behavior. Using all lanes and allowing a consistent, courteous merge will reduce congestion and delay and help traffic move through the detour.

Significant delays should be expected. Please allow extra time when traveling through the area.   Police will man key intersections along the detour route.

ROUTE 65 BRIDGE INSPECTION MONDAY, MARCH 23 – FRIDAY, APRIL 3 IN PITTSBURGH
Inspection activities on the bridge that carries Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) over Eckert Street in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will begin Monday, March 23 weather permitting.

Shoulder and partial lane restrictions will occur on Route 65 in each direction for bridge inspection activities.  The restrictions will only occur in one direction at a time.  Restrictions will occur weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, April 3.                                                                                          

Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns. Please use caution when driving through the area.  Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.

CLEMENTE BRIDGE CLOSED TO VEHICLES TUESDAY, MARCH 24 – APRIL 10
The Robert Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh will be closed to vehicles for two-and-a-half weeks beginning Tuesday as Allegheny County crews install new bike lanes and repair the drainage system and bridge deck.

The bridge, which connects Sixth Street Downtown with Federal Street in the North Shore at PNC Park, will close to vehicle traffic from 9 a.m. Tuesday through April 10. Pedestrian sidewalks will remain open and all work is expected to be completed well before the Pirates' April 13 home opener.

Vehicle traffic will be detoured onto the adjacent Andy Warhol (formerly Seventh Street) Bridge.

County officials announced plans for the bike lanes last fall. To make room for the bike lanes, the bridge deck will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes

BIRMINGHAM BRIDGE PRESERVATION BEGINS NEW PHASE FRIDAY NIGHT, MARCH 13 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 IN PITTSBURGH
The next phase of work on the Birmingham Bridge Complex Preservation Project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Friday night, March 13 weather permitting.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night, the northbound side of the Birmingham Bridge will close to traffic to begin preservation work.  All northbound traffic will be shifted into the southbound lanes.  The new configuration will consist of one 12 foot wide northbound lane, two 12 foot wide southbound lanes and a bicycle lane.  Additionally, all pedestrians will use southbound sidewalk.

The northbound ramp to Oakland/Forbes Avenue will close to traffic and motorists and bicyclists will be detoured during construction.   

Car and Truck Detour

  • Northbound traffic will turn left onto Fifth Avenue

  • Turn left onto Moultrie Street

  • Turn left onto Forbes Avenue

  • End detour

Bicycle Detour

  • Follow the bi-directional bike lane down the ramp to Forbes Avenue

  • Turn right onto Forbes Avenue

  • Turn left onto Craft Avenue

  • Turn left onto Fifth Avenue

  • End detour

Additionally, left hand bicycle turns from Fifth Avenue to the southbound bridge approach will be prohibited.  Bicycle traffic will be detoured.

Bicycle Detour

  • Continue inbound past the bridge approach

  • Turn left onto Moultrie Street

  • Turn left onto Forbes Avenue

  • Turn right onto the on-ramp to the Birmingham Bridge

  • End detour

The new long-term configuration will remain in place around-the-clock through Wednesday, November 11.  Crews from Joseph B. Fay Company will begin bridge preservation work on the northbound side of the bridge including painting, structural steel repairs, bearing and expansion dam replacements, deck resurfacing and lighting replacement.

To allow the next phase to begin, preparatory work will occur on the bridge Monday-Friday, March 9-13.  The following restrictions will be implemented:

  • Single-lane traffic at the northbound (inbound) approach Monday through Friday.

  • A single-lane closure in the southbound (outbound) direction on Monday and Tuesday.

  • The closure of two southbound lanes on Wednesday-Friday.

  • The closure of the southbound shoulder for Duquesne Light Emergency work.  All southbound bicycle traffic will use the northbound bicycle lanes.

 

City of Pittsburgh Police will regulate traffic from 3-7 p.m. next week during the preparatory work.

INBOUND FORT PITT TUNNEL OVERNIGHT SINGLE-LANE RESTRICTIONS FROM MONDAY, MARCH 2 – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30 MONDAY-FRIDAY NIGHTS
Overnight single-lane lane restrictions will begin in the inbound (eastbound) Fort Pitt Tunnel in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, beginning Monday night, March 2.

 

Inbound single-lane restrictions will occur Monday through Friday nights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the Fort Pitt Tunnel through Wednesday night, Dec. 30.  (This work was originally scheduled to begin Jan. 26 but was postponed due to weather related issues)

 

Additionally, an overnight single-lane restriction in the outbound (westbound) tunnel will occur Monday night, March 2 from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. for conduit removal work.  Long-term outbound overnight single-lane restrictions are anticipated to begin in late March. 

OVERNIGHT TRAFFIC STOPPAGES ON PARKWAY EAST AND SECOND AVENUE FOR BIRMINGHAM BRIDGE PLATFORM CABLE INSTALLATION CONTINUES
Weeknight restrictions from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. under the Birmingham Bridge will occur on the following roadways:

  • I-376 Parkway East single-lane closures in each direction and intermittent stoppages of 5 minutes or less will occur through Tuesday, March 31.
  • No restrictions will occur on the Birmingham Bridge due to this work.

FORBES AVENUE BETWEEN SMITHFIELD AND MARKET STREETS CLOSED NOVEMBER 10 – FALL 2015
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.  Temporary fencing on the curb line is already in place, and Forbes Avenue will close to vehicular traffic on Monday, November 10.  Pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalks and access the businesses. 

STRIP DISTRICT: THREE RIVERS HERITAGE TRAIL CLOSED UNTIL LATE SPRING/EARLY SUMMER 2015 
A detour is in place on the Strip District segment of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail between 11th and 22nd Street. This section of the trail will remain closed for underground utility work and has been extended through March 2015..

Trail users should use Smallman Street during this time. Cyclists may use the sidewalk on 11th Street.  View a map of the detour.

FORBES AVENUE CLOSURE FROM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013 – APPROXIMATELY MAY 2015
Forbes Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, between Wood Street and Market Square, will be closed starting on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, for approximately sixteen months to assist in the construction of The Gardens development at Market Square.  

This closure will include the travel lane into Market Square from Wood Street and both parking lanes.  The sidewalks along Forbes Avenue will remain open to provide pedestrian access as necessary to the businesses and to Market Square.  

To assist with access to and from Market Square, Forbes Avenue will open to two-way traffic from Stanwix Street to Market Square during this time.  Access to local businesses will be maintained.

Port Authority riders should be alert to temporary relocation of bus stops in the affected area.  All work is weather dependant and may be rescheduled, if required.

For additional information, please contact Millcraft Investments, at (724) 229-8800.

 

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