PennDOT crews and contractors will be performing several improvements on major routes this weekend, including some on the Parkway East and in the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.
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. 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 (I-376)
Squirrel Hill Tunnel Rehabilitation
Traffic in the westbound (inbound) Squirrel Hill Tunnel on the Parkway East (I-376) will be restricted to a single lane from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights for tunnel rehabilitation work.
Grant Street Tunnel 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 from 9 p.m. on Friday through approximately noon Saturday. Crews will be performing repairs in the tunnel that carries Grant Street over I-376. The ramp from Grant Street to westbound I-376 will also be closed. Traffic will be detoured using Fort Pitt Boulevard. Note: Crews will be inspecting the Smithfield Bridge in this area during the same timeframe. No additional restrictions will occur.
I-579/Crosstown Boulevard/Veterans Bridge
The ramp from the I-579 Veterans Bridge to northbound (outbound) Route 28 in the City of Pittsburgh will be closed for expansion dam replacements this weekend from 8 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday. Signs will be posted to guide motorists. The ramp connecting the Liberty Bridge (Route 3069) to northbound I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) will also be closed. In addition, traffic approaching the Parkway North (I-279) from the Veterans Bridge will be reduced to a single lane this weekend.
Parkway North/Fort Duquesne Bridge
Inspection activities on the northbound (outbound) Fort Duquesne Bridge (I-279) in the City of Pittsburgh will occur from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday. A right lane closure will occur on upper deck of the bridge.
Patching and paving
Work to improve the approach from Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) to the Sewickley Bridge in Sewickley Borough from 8 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday. Crews will be concrete patching, milling and paving on northbound Route 65 and the roadway approaching the bridge A single lane closure will occur on northbound Route 65. Single lane alternating use traffic will occur on the bridge approach with traffic shifted to one side of the roadway.
Work to repaint ramp lines on I-79 will occur from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at various interchanges between the Bridgeville Rest areas (just south of Exit 54) and Crafton Route 60 (Exit 60) interchange.
Work to improve Banksville Road (Route 19) between Beverly/McFarland Road and the Parkway West (I-376) in the City of Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon and Dormont Borough will occur from 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction.
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.
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