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I-376 Parkway East Overnight Lane Restrictions Friday Night, 3/22, and Next Week, 3/25-3/29

PennDOT District 11 is announcing overnight lane restrictions on I-376 (Parkway East) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur tonight, Friday night, March 22 and Monday through Friday nights, March 25-29 weather permitting.

I-376 will be reduced to a single-lane in each direction in various locations between the Fort Pitt Bridge and the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.  Crews will conduct guide rail work, strip seal installation, and drainage repairs. Restrictions will occur from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Motorists should use caution when traveling through the area.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-376 Parkway East traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Parkway East” in the subject line.


Liberty Tunnel Inspections begin Sunday Night, 3/24

PennDOT District 11 is announcing inspection activities in Liberty Tunnel (Route 3069) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Sunday night, March 24 weather permitting.

Overnight tunnel closures will occur from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for tunnel inspection and survey work according to the following schedule:

  • Sunday night, March 24 – Outbound (southbound)
  • Monday night, March 25 –  Outbound (southbound)
  • Tuesday night, March 26 – Outbound (southbound)
  • Wednesday night, March 27 – Inbound (northbound)
  • Thursday night, March 28 – Inbound (northbound)
  • Friday and Saturday nights, March 29-30 – No work
  • Sunday night, March 31 – Inbound (northbound)
  • Monday night, April 1 – Inbound (northbound)
  • Tuesday night, April 2 – Outbound (southbound)
  • Wednesday night, April 3 – Outbound (southbound)
  • Thursday night, April 4 – Inbound (northbound)
  • Friday and Saturday night, April 5-6 – No work
  • Sunday night, April 7 – Inbound (northbound)
  • Monday night, April 8 – Inbound (northbound)
  • Tuesday night, April 9 – Outbound (southbound)
  • Wednesday night, April 10 – Outbound (southbound)

Traffic will be detoured during the inspections. Posted Detour:

Outbound (southbound)

  • Turn right onto PJ McArdle Roadway
  • Continue straight onto Merrimac Street
  • Turn right onto Woodruff Street
  • Follow Woodruff Street to Route 51/19 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard)
  • Turn left onto Route 51/19 and follow back to Route 19 (West Liberty Avenue)
  • End detour

Alternate outbound (southbound) route

  • Use the outbound Fort Pitt Tunnel or West End Circle to Route 51

Inbound (northbound)

  • Take Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) northbound
  • Take the left exit to I-376 West/US 19 South toward Carnegie/Airport/West End
  • Take Exit 69A toward US 19 South/Banksville Road
  • Keep left (towards South Truck 19/51) and loop back to I-376 eastbound toward Fort Pitt Tunnel
  • Follow eastbound I-376 through Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge
  • For access to I-279 destinations follow I-279 signage, all other destinations take exit toward I-376 East/Monroeville
  • Take the left exit 71A to Grant Street
  • Turn left onto Grant Street
  • End detour

Police will assist with traffic control at the signalized intersections outside of the tunnel entrances. Work will not begin until one hour after the end of any major event in Pittsburgh.

Crews from Gannett Fleming, Inc., Infrastructure Engineers, Markosky Engineering Group, and CDM Smith will conduct the work.


Southbound I-579 Crosstown Boulevard Ramp to Boulevard of the Allies Improvement Project begins Monday Night, 3/25

PennDOT District 11 is announcing a rehabilitation project on the ramp that carries traffic from southbound I-579 to the outbound Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday night, March 25 weather permitting.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Monday night, crews will restrict the ramp to a single 11-foot lane and prohibit truck traffic continuously through late June. Improvement work includes concrete repairs to the deck, barriers, and underside of the ramp, substructure cleaning, drainage upgrades, pavement marking installation, and other miscellaneous construction activities. Trucks will be detoured

Posted Truck Detours

I-579 Crosstown Boulevard Ramp to the Boulevard of the Allies

  • From southbound I-579 or Route 380, take the ramp to 7th Avenue/6th Avenue
  • Take the ramp to 6th Avenue
  • Follow to Ross Street
  • Follow Ross Street to Forbes Avenue
  • Turn left onto Forbes Avenue and follow to Craft Avenue (detour to Oakland ends)
  • For trucks continuing to eastbound I-376 (Parkway East), turn right onto Craft Avenue
  • Turn left onto PA-885 South Boulevard of the Allies
  • Turn right onto PA-885 South Bates Street toward Monroeville/Glenwood
  • Take the left exit to I-376 East toward Monroeville
  • End detour

From Bedford Avenue

  • Turn onto Crawford Street
  • Turn right onto Centre Avenue
  • Turn right onto Sixth Avenue
  • Turn left onto Ross Street
  • Follow Ross Street to Forbes Avenue
  • Turn left onto Forbes Avenue and follow to Craft Avenue (detour to Oakland ends)
  • For trucks continuing to eastbound I-376 (Parkway East), turn right onto Craft Avenue
  • Turn left onto PA-885 South Boulevard of the Allies
  • Turn right onto PA-885 South Bates Street toward Monroeville/Glenwood
  • Take the left exit to I-376 East toward Monroeville
  • End detour

From Southbound I-279 and Southbound Route 28

  • Continue on southbound I-279
  • Cross the Fort Duquesne Bridge
  • Take the left exit ramp toward Downtown/376 East Monroeville
  • Stay right toward 376 East toward Monroeville
  • Follow to eastbound 376 (detour to I-376 Parkway East ends)
  • For trucks continuing to Oakland, take the Forbes Avenue/Oakland (Exit 72A) off-ramp
  • End detour

Swank Construction Company, LLC is the prime contractor on this $1.29 million project.


I-279 Parkway North Lane, Shoulder Restrictions begin Monday, 3/25, and will Continue through Mid-June

PennDOT District 11 is announcing lane and shoulder restrictions in various locations on the I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project in the City of Pittsburgh, and Ross and Ohio townships, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, March 25 weather permitting.

Restrictions will occur in the following locations:

  • Northbound and southbound I-279 between the Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchange and the Suffolk Street Bridge.  A single-lane restriction will occur in each direction weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. through mid-June as crews conduct guiderail upgrades, sawing and sealing operations, and rumble strip and pavement marking installation work.
  • Southbound I-279 from the East Street Bridge overpass to the East Ohio Street overpass.  A long-term shoulder restriction will be implemented from 10 a.m. Monday continuously through Friday, April 26 to allow bridge jacking work and wall repairs.
  • Ramp from northbound I-279 to Camp Horne Road (Exit 8). A long-term shoulder restriction will be implemented from 6 a.m. Monday continuously through mid-June as crews conduct culvert repair work.

Crews from the Trumbull Corporation will conduct the work.


Rachel Carson (Ninth Street) Bridge Closes Monday, February 11 for Long-Term Rehabilitation Project

The Department of Public Works announced today that the Rachel Carson (Ninth Street) Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh will close to vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning at 6 AM on Monday, February 11, 2019. The closure, which is expected to last through summer 2020, is required for a $23.3 million rehabilitation project.

Traffic will be detoured using the Andy Warhol (Seventh Street) Bridge and Isabella Street.

Major items of work during the project include:

  • New Concrete Deck
  • Structural Steel Repairs
  • Painting of the bridge Aztec Gold
  • Replacement of the bridge lighting with architectural lighting similar to the original
  • Replacement of the bridge expansion dams and drainage systems
  • Replacement of the sidewalks

The bridge will have a new lane configuration when it reopens. Instead of four lanes of traffic with two lanes in each direction, there will be three lanes of traffic with wider shoulders. When traveling into downtown from the North Shore, one lane will lead onto the bridge and widen out to two lanes at Fort Duquesne Boulevard. Similarly, when traveling from downtown to the North Shore, one lane will lead onto the bridge and then widen into two lanes on the other side.

The project will be completed by Brayman Construction as well as Advantage Steel and Construction, both of Saxonburg, and is being done in conjunction with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.

The Rachel Carson Bridge was opened in 1926 and is one of the three “Sister Bridges,” the only trio of identical bridges in the world and the first self-anchored suspension bridges in the United States. This is the second rehabilitation project of the three “Sister Bridges,” following the Andy Warhol (Seventh Street) Bridge, which reopened in November 2017. Rehabilitation of the Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge is expected to occur between summer 2021 and winter 2022.


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