SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 51 RAMP TO I-376 TRAFFIC SHIFT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4 & 5, IN PITTSBURGH
A traffic shift on the southbound Route 51 ramp to I-376 (Parkway West) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Thursday and Friday, February 4-5 weather permitting.
A minor traffic shift on the ramp from southbound Route 51 to I-376 will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. All ramps will remain open.
Motorists are advised to use caution and allow extra time when traveling through the area.
UPDATE JAN 2016: WEST CARSON STREET/ROUTE 51 PROJECT
Construction on West Carson Street/Route 51 from Pittsburgh's South Side to McKees Rocks will continue until midsummer, almost a year past the original projected completion in August.
The project encompasses a roadway reconstruction along the western side of the Ohio River from the West End Circle to Stanhope Street. Work includes barrier replacements along the river, traffic signal reconfiguration, sidewalk work and a viaduct replacement, and has grown to include new utility lines.
Officials had projected that the project would wrap up in the spring, but further utility-related delays occurred, such as locating a new gas line stretching from the Corliss Tunnel to Earl Street.
Duquesne Light, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, Alcosan, Peoples Gas and Verizon have replaced or relocated lines and lateral ties running through the corridor. That work has delayed final paving, which is about one-third of the way completed. But it means the road won't have to be torn up in the future.
Northbound lanes of Route 51 have been closed since July 2013, project managers said, and the official detour has traffic crossing the West End Bridge to get on Route 65 north to head back across the river on the McKees Rocks Bridge. The northbound lanes, which carry an estimated 7,500 cars daily, will reopen to traffic when the project is almost complete in late June or early July, project officials said.
Remaining work includes removing an abandoned railroad bridge that stretches over Route 51, which was not initially part of the project scope and is likely to require a closure of Route 51 in both directions. Viaduct replacement and about two-thirds of the final paving work remain.