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Northbound I-579 Overnight Closures Begin on Tuesday Night, 5/26, and Will Extend Nightly Through Saturday, 5/30 ​

PennDOT District 11 is reminding motorists overnight closures for beam setting on I-579 in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin in the northbound direction tonight, Tuesday night, May 26 weather permitting.

Northbound I-579 will close to traffic between the Center Avenue exit and the Bigelow Boulevard overpass from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly through Saturday, May 30. Crews from the Joseph B. Fay Company will conduct box beam installation over I-579 requiring a northbound closure and detour.

Posted Detours

To Continue on Northbound I-579:

  • From northbound I-579, take the PPG Arena/Centre Avenue off-ramp
  • Turn left onto Washington Place
  • Stay in the left lane and follow signs toward North 579/Veterans Bridge
  • Take the ramp to North 579/Veterans Bridge
  • End detour

Northbound I-579 to Bigelow Boulevard:

  • From northbound I-579, take the PPG Arena/Centre Avenue off-ramp
  • Turn left onto Washington Place
  • Stay in center lane and follow signs for East 380/Bigelow Boulevard
  • Take the ramp to East 380/Bigelow Boulevard
  • End detour

Alternate Detour From Westbound I-376 Parkway East:

  • Continue past the Boulevard of the Allies/Liberty Bridge (Exit 72B) off-ramp
  • Take the North 279 off-ramp (Exit 70C) toward Fort Duquesne Bridge/North Shore
  • Continue onto the Fort Duquesne Bridge
  • Stay in the right two lanes toward North 279
  • Continue onto northbound I-279 (Parkway North)
  • End detour

Alternate Detour From the Liberty Bridge:

  • From the Liberty Bridge, take the East 376 off-ramp toward Oakland/Monroeville/Boulevard of the Allies
  • At the end of the ramp, turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies toward Downtown Pittsburgh
  • Follow the Boulevard of the Allies to Commonwealth Place
  • Turn left onto Commonwealth Place
  • Take the ramp to merge onto the Fort Duquesne Bridge
  • Continue onto the Fort Duquesne Bridge
  • Stay in the right two lanes toward North 279
  • Continue onto northbound I-279 (Parkway North)
  • End detour

Additionally, a single-lane restriction will occur on southbound I-579 each night of the northbound closures. Overnight closures will continue in both directions (not simultaneously) during the beam setting operations.  Additional details will be provided when the closures are scheduled.


I-579 Cap Urban Connector Project to Cause a Daily Northbound Lane Closure on Fullerton Street Beginning on Tuesday, 5/26, and Extending Through Friday, 6/26

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure advises that the Northbound right lane on Fullerton St. in between Centre Ave. and Wylie Ave. will be closed, daily, as needed, from 9AM-6PM starting today, May 26, 2020 through June 26, 2020.

The restriction is necessary to allow the contractor to stage the box beams that will be erected on the Abutment 2 (I-579 NB) side for the “CAP Project”.  On street parking will not be available during this timeframe. When travelling through the work area, use caution and expect delays.

The work is being performed by JB Fay Co., If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact their Project Manager, Chuck Grabner, at 412-779-8354.


High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes Close, on 3/17, and to Close Indefinitely to Traffic in Pittsburgh and Ross

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the closure of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Ross Township and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

The HOV lanes closed to traffic for public safety purposes this afternoon, on 3/17, and will remain shutdown indefinitely to traffic.

To help keep motorists informed, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-279 Parkway North traffic advisories. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Parkway North” in the subject line.


Rachel Carson (Ninth Street) Bridge Closes Monday, 2/11/19, for Long-Term Rehabilitation Project through Early August 2020

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.


Northbound I-579 Ramp to 7th Avenue Long-term Closure Begins September 2019 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.

Posted Detour:

Northbound I-579 to 7th Avenue

  • From northbound I-579, take the PPG Arena/Centre Avenue off-ramp
  • Turn right onto Washington Place
  • Turn right onto Fifth Avenue
  • Turn right onto 6th Avenue
  • Turn right onto Grant Street
  • Follow Grant Street back to 7th Avenue
  • End detour

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.


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