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Release Date: Friday, November 2nd 2012

PennDOT District 11 Weekend Construction Summary Nov. 2 - 5

Pittsburgh, PA– PennDOT District 11 is announcing several improvements on major routes will occur in Allegheny County this weekend, Nov. 2-5.


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

Tunnel rehabilitation

The westbound (inbound) Squirrel Hill Tunnel on the Parkway East (I-376) in the City of Pittsburgh will be closed from 9 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Monday. Signs will be posted to guide motorists. The posted detour will require westbound traffic to form a single lane exiting at the Edgewood Swissvale interchange (Exit 77). Significant delays should be expected and alternate routes considered. The outbound (eastbound) tunnel will remain open, although short-term traffic stoppages may occur for equipment access and material removal.

Full release: Westbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel Closed this Weekend, Nov. 2-5    


Bathtub Improvements

Westbound (inbound) Parkway East/Central (I-376) in the City of Pittsburgh will be closed between Grant Street (Exit 71A) and the Fort Pitt Bridge/I-279 ramps – the area known as the bathtub - from 9 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Full release: Westbound I-376 Bathtub Improvements Continue Thursday Night in Pittsburgh


Pavement repairs

Pavement repairs near bridge transitions in various locations between the Edgewood/Swissvale (Exit 77) and Wilkinsburg/Forest Hills (Exit 78) interchanges on the outbound (eastbound) Parkway East (I-376) will occur as needed according to the following schedule:

Friday, Nov. 2

Two lane areas

  • Right or left lane closures (one lane open) at Edgewood/Swissvale interchange from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday;

Three lane areas

  • Three-lane section at Wilkinsburg interchange;
    • Two lanes open (one lane closed) from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday,
    • One lane open (two lanes closed) from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Two lane areas

  • Right or left lane closures (one lane open) at Edgewood/Swissvale interchange from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday;

Three lane areas

  • Three-lane section at Wilkinsburg interchange;
    • Two lanes open (one lane closed) from 7 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. on Sunday,
    • One lane open (two lanes closed) from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Full release: Outbound I-376 Parkway East Pavement Repairs Continue Friday and Saturday


I-579/Crosstown Boulevard/Veterans Bridge

Ramp improvements

The ramp from Seventh Avenue to southbound I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) in the City of Pittsburgh will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Crews will be removing overhead bridge painting operations.

Full release: Seventh Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 Closed Saturday and Sunday in Pittsburgh


Guide Rail Repairs

Brief lane closures and restrictions will occur from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday for guide rail repairs in the following areas:

Parkway East (I-376)

·         Both directions between the Squirrel Hill Tunnel and Grant Street (Exit 71)

Parkway West (I-376)

·          Both directions between the Fort Pitt Tunnel and I-79 (Exit 64)


·         Both directions between the Bridgeville (Exit 54) and Parkway West/Pittsburgh (Exit 59) interchanges, and the Parkway North (I-279 Exit 72) and Cranberry (Exit 76)

Full release: I-376 and I-79 Guide Rail Repairs Saturday in Allegheny County


Greentree Road

Shoulder improvements          

Work to reconstruct shoulders on Greentree Road (Route 3052) between the bridge over Chartiers Creek and railroad tracks/Old Washington Pike in Scott Township will occur from 8 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday. Traffic on Greentree Road will be reduced to a single lane in each direction.

Full release: Greentree Road Reconstruction Continues This Weekend in Scott Township


Banksville Road

Roadway improvements

Work to improve curbing on Banksville Road (Route 19) in the City of Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon Township and Dormont Borough will occur from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday between the Parkway West (I-376) and Wenzel Avenue. Single lane closures will occur as needed.

Full release: Banksville Road Improvements Continue this Weekend



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, , 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 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,, 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 or contact the PennDOT District 11 Press Office by phone at 412-429-5010.

Media Contact: Jim Struzzi, Press Officer, (412) 429-5010 (Office)

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