The I-579 Cap Urban Connector Project (also known as the Cap Project) will consist of the construction of a new “cap” park structure spanning over a portion of I-579. The Cap Project is bounded by Washington Place, Centre Avenue, Chatham Street, Bigelow Boulevard and land to the north of Bigelow Boulevard.
HDR Engineering is the designer/engineer for this project. The City of Pittsburgh is holding the construction contract and the Sports and Exhibition Authority is coordinating with the City on the administration of the project. PennDOT is responsible for construction management and oversight, with sub-consultants supporting construction management and inspection. Upon completion, the City of Pittsburgh will own and maintain the Cap Park.
A Notice to Proceed for construction was issued on June 24, 2019. Construction completion is anticipated for November 2021.
Motorists are encouraged to use transit, including Port Authority’s bus and light rail service, as their commuting choice:
From the south, motorists are encouraged to use any of the following public transit options:
– The Blue Line or Red Line from South Hills Village Garage
– The Blue Line from Library Station
– Y1-Large Flyer from the Large Park and Ride in Jefferson Hills or the Century III Park and Ride in West Mifflin
From the east, motorists are encouraged to use any of the following public transit options:
– P7-McKeesport Flyer, 52L-Homeville Limited or 61C McKeesport from the Duquesne Park and Ride
– P1-East Busway All Stops, P2-East Busway Short from the Wilkinsburg Park and Ride
– P12-Holiday Park Flyer from the Alpine Village or Holiday Park park and rides
– P69-Trafford Flyer from the Forest Hills Park and Ride
– P76-Lincoln Highway from the North Versailles Park and Ride
Real-time applications are also available, via Port Authority’s True Time, the Transit app, Moovit,Google maps, and much more, to simplify your commute and provide you with the information to plan your trip on a day-to-day basis.
Want to learn more about how to park and ride? Learn more about Port Authority’s regulations, safety and security, schedule information, and park and ride facilities locations across Allegheny County.
CommuteInfo – Vanpool & Carpool Options
In addition to commuting via Port Authority’s buses or light rail lines, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission offers a CommuteInfo Program, focused on providing residents in the 10-county region with customizable information on vanpool, carpool, biking, and transit options to match your needs.
Two I-579 ramps Near PPG Paints Arena Reopen Temporarily on Monday, 12/9 With Ramps Closing Again in January 2020
The Bedford Avenue and Seventh Avenue ramps to southbound Interstate 579 near PPG Paints Arena reopened Monday after being closed for the past five weeks.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed the ramps Nov. 4 to remove existing retaining walls and construct a new wall cap. But the ramps won’t be open long. Contractor Joseph B. Fay Co. will close them again for a longer term in January to allow construction of a pier for the next phase of the project.
I-579 Long-term Ramp Closures Begin Saturday, January 4, 2020 and Will Continue Through May 23, 2020
Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing long-term ramp closures on the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Saturday, January 4 weather permitting.
Long-term closures will occur from 5 a.m. Saturday morning, January 4 for 140 consecutive days through May 23 on the following ramps:
Crews will begin the construction of the last pier and columns, relocate the drainage to each ramp and reconstruct the pavement. To allow this work to occur traffic will be detoured.
Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Cars)
Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Trucks)
Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge – Cars)
Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge – Trucks)
7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Cars)
7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Trucks)
7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge)
Additionally, in preparation for the Phase 5 construction, southbound I-579 will have a single-lane closure from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 4. Crews will relocate temporary barrier and conduct line striping operations. The 700-day closure of the ramp from northbound I-579 to 7th Avenue will continue through August 6, 2022.
Long-Term Closure: Northbound I-579 Ramp to 7th Avenue Closure Begins Friday Night, 9/6, and will Continue through Early August 2021
PennDOT District 11 is reminding motorists the long-term closure of the ramp that carries traffic from northbound I-579 to 7th Avenue in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County begins Friday, September 6 weather permitting.
As part of the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector project, the ramp from northbound I-579 to 7th Avenue will close to traffic at approximately 8 p.m. Friday, September 6 for 700 consecutive days through August 6, 2021. Crews will place concrete barriers at the ramp, southbound I-579 will be shifted into two 11-foot wide lanes, and line painting operations will occur through Saturday morning. Approximately 2,250 vehicles use the ramp each day.
Northbound I-579 to 7th Avenue
Motorists traveling from the east into downtown Pittsburgh should consider using the Second Avenue (Exit 71B) or Grant Street (Exit 71A) off-ramps from inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East).
The long-term closure is required for pier construction within the limits of the ramp to support the bridge cap structure. A total of four piers will be constructed. The work includes deep foundation work consisting of 42 caissons drilled to a depth of 35 feet, 42 new concrete columns which will support four pier caps that range from 86 to 106 feet in length to support the 126 pre-stressed adjacent box beam bridge. Additionally, the contractor will stage equipment and material on the closed ramp for other project work including the bridge structure, highway lighting under the bridge, and the reconstruction of the ramp.
*(Last updated on 1/2/20)*
To learn about additional details on the project including information on sustainability, funding, and public input please visit the Pittsburgh Sports & Exhibition Authority’s project page.
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Current Press Release(s) Information & Links
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of December 27: http://www.pgh-sea.com/files/01_02_20_Penndot.pdf
Archived Press Release Information & Links
Post-Gazette Article Week of December 9: Two I-579 Ramps Near PPG Paints Arena Reopen Temporarily
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of October 28: I-579 Long-Term Ramp Closures Begin Monday, 11/4
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of October 21:
Northbound I-579 Overnight Restrictions Continue Week of 10/21
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of October 14: Northbound I-579 Lane Narrowing Begins Friday Night, 10/11
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of September 30: Northbound I-579 Improvements Continue this Week
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of September 23: Northbound I-579 Rolling Stoppages Underway
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of September 16: Southbound I-579 Stoppages Underway
PennDOT Press Release for Week of September 9: I-579 Improvements Continue 9/11-9/12
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of September 2: I-579 Overnight Closures Continue 9/3-9/6
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of September 2: Ramp from Northbound I-579 to 7th Avenue to Close Long-Term on 9/6
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of August 26: Multiple Closures & Detours Announced for 8/26-8/29
PennDOT Press Release In Effect between August 12-29: “Cap” Project Local Restrictions & Closures
City of Pittsburgh Press Release for Week of August 19: Chatham Street Nightly Closures
PennDOT District 11 Press Release for Week of August 19: Various Detours Posted for Overnight Improvements
PennDOT Press Release for Week of August 12: Overnight Improvements Causing I-579 Lane Closures
PennDOT Press Release for Week of August 5: Various Ramp Closures for Signage & Lighting Work
PennDOT District 11 Press Release from July 11: Announcement of Construction Beginning on 7/15
City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission Meeting on October 23, 2018: Final Land Development Plan Given Final Approval
City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission Meeting on December 5, 2017: Final Approval Given for the Design of Project
Public Meeting Held on June 27, 2016: Third Public Meeting Presenting the Preferred Park Layout