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Release Date: Thursday, November 15th 2012

PennDOT District 11 Weekend Construction Summary Nov. 16-19

Traffic Advisory

Nov. 15, 2012                                                  

PennDOT District 11 Weekend Construction Summary Nov. 16-19

Pittsburgh, PA– PennDOT District 11 is announcing most major construction activities will not occur in Allegheny County this weekend, Nov. 16-19.

Note: This will be the last weekend summary for the 2012 construction season.

All activities are weather permitting and subject to change. Motorists should plan their travels accordingly by anticipating highway work zones, slowing down, exercising patience and being safe.

PennDOT reminds motorists approaching lane restricted highway work zones 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 in highway work zones is highly dependent on driver behavior. Zipper! Using all lanes and allowing a consistent, courteous merge will reduce congestion and delay and help traffic move through the work zone.

The HOV lanes on the Parkway North (I-279) are open to all outbound traffic on weekends after 7 p.m. on Friday and remain open until 5 a.m. on Mondays. In addition, the two passenger vehicle rule does not apply during weekend hours. To alleviate congestion, motorists are encouraged to use the HOV lanes to exit the downtown area following sports games and other events on weekends.

Below is a summary of the major closings and restrictions this weekend:

Parkway East

No major restrictions scheduled 

Parkway West

Utility work

Several traffic stoppages of 15 minutes or less will occur between 7-10 a.m. Saturday just east of the Route 22/30/60 Interchange (Exit 59) interchange in the area of the Bayer property. Crews from Duquesne Light will be performing work over the Parkway West.

Full release: Parkway West Traffic Stoppages Saturday Morning in Robinson for Utility Work

Fort Duquesne/Portal Bridge

No major restrictions scheduled 

Route 28

No additional major restrictions scheduled 

Long-Term

Fort Duquesne/Fort Pitt Bridge Ramps 

The Fancourt Bridge, which carries the ramps from Fort Duquesne Boulevard to I-376 over the 10th Street Bypass in the City of Pittsburgh, is closed long-term through mid-December. In addition, the ramps from eastbound (inbound) I-376 (Fort Pitt Bridge) and southbound (inbound) I-279 (Fort Duquesne Bridge) to the 10th Street Bypass will be closed. These closures are necessary for work occurring on the Fancourt Bridge above the 10th Street Bypass.
Full release: Fancourt Bridge/10th Street Bypass Ramps Long-Term Closures Begin Sept. 27 in Pittsburgh

Information Resources:

For more information, visit the District 11 website, www.dot.state.pa.us , click PennDOT near you, “11” under “roadwork”. PennDOT reminds motorists to call the construction hotline at 412-429-6035 for information and current activities on the Parkway East, Parkway West, Parkway North, I-79 and Route 28. All work is weather permitting.

Call 1-800 FIX ROAD to report roadway problems and concerns.

Visit 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions and cameras on major roadways before traveling. The 511 system also automatically feeds Twitter accounts with information such as incidents, construction notices and weather alerts. The Pittsburgh/Southwestern-region account, www.twitter.com/511PAPittsburgh, covers Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Follow PennDOT to receive real-time updates.

District 11 offers specialized information for particular roadways and projects. Potential email subscribers should specify preferences for receiving information for the following categories:

·         All roadways and bridges in Allegheny, Beaver or Lawrence counties;

·         Weekend work and restrictions in Allegheny County (this will only include restrictions and work activities that occur on weekends);

·         Parkway East (I-376);

·         Parkway West (I-376);

·         Parkway North (I-279);

·         Interstate 79; 

·         West Liberty Avenue and Liberty Tunnel Improvements; 

·         Route 28 (Allegheny Valley Expressway);

·         Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard);

·         I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard);

·         Route 19 Banksville Road

·         Route 50, and

·         Route 19 Wexford Flats Project.

Potential subscribers should send their email address and location preferences to Press Officer Jim Struzzi at jstruzzi@pa.gov or contact the PennDOT District 11 Press Office by phone at 412-429-5010.

Media Contact: Jim Struzzi, Press Officer, (412) 429-5010 (Office), (412) 292-9357 (Cell Phone)

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