Release Date: Friday, October 19th 2012
PennDOT District 11 Weekend Construction Summary Oct. 19 - 22
Pittsburgh, PA– PennDOT District 11 is announcing several improvements on major routes will occur in Allegheny County this weekend, Oct. 19-22.
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:
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.
Work to improve the westbound (inbound) Parkway East/Central (I-376) in the City of Pittsburgh will occur in various locations between Grant Street (Exit 71A) and the Fort Pitt Bridge/I-279 ramps from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. Single lane traffic will occur.
I-579/Crosstown Boulevard/Veterans Bridge
The ramp connecting the Liberty Bridge (Route 3069) to northbound I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) and the ramp from northbound I-579 to Bigelow Boulevard in the City of Pittsburgh will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday.
Traffic in both directions on the Parkway West (I-376) in Robinson Township will be stopped for 15 minutes or less several times between 6-10 a.m. Sunday 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.
Fort Pitt Tunnel
Single lane traffic in both directions through the Fort Pitt Tunnel on the Parkway West (I-376) in the City of Pittsburgh will occur from 10 p.m. Friday to 5:30 a.m. Saturday.
Full release: Fort Pitt Tunnel Maintenance Next Week in Pittsburgh
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
Boulevard of the Allies ramp to Liberty Bridge
The ramp from the westbound (inbound) Boulevard of the Allies and the Parkway East (westbound I-376) to the Liberty Bridge (Route 3069) in the City of Pittsburgh will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday through early November.
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.