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Route 2128, the 10th Street Bypass, Will Have Lane Restrictions Throughout This Week, 1/14 – 1/17

PennDOT District 11 is announcing lane restrictions on the 10th Street Bypass (Route 2128) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Tuesday through Friday, January 14-17 weather permitting.

A single-lane closure will occur on the 10th Street Bypass in the inbound direction between the Ft. Duquesne Bridge and 9th Street. Crews from Bronder Technical Services will conduct repairs on the signage and lighting along the roadway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Please use caution when traveling through the area.


Route 885, Boulevard of the Allies, Single-Lane Restriction To Take Place on Friday, 1/17

PennDOT District 11 is announcing a single-lane restriction on the Boulevard of the Allies (Route 855) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Friday, January 17 weather permitting.

A single-lane closure will occur in the inbound direction on the Boulevard of the Allies between Van Braam Street to Marion Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as crews conduct maintenance and repairs to the fencing in the area. Please use caution when traveling through the area.


Route 885, Boulevard of the Allies, Betterment Project begins Thursday Night, 7/11, and the Full Project will Extend through Late January 2020

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) Betterment Project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Thursday night, July 11 weather permitting.

The $7.08 million project includes milling and resurfacing, concrete patching, minor structure repairs, traffic signal replacement at Bates Street, ADA curb ramp work, utility adjustments, and bicycle safe grate installation between the Liberty Bridge and Bates Street in Pittsburgh.

Work will begin with single-lane restrictions on the Boulevard of the Allies from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weeknights in the Oakland section between the Birmingham Bridge and Bates Street through early August. Additionally, daylight work requiring single-lane restrictions may occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Construction activities will then shift to the area between the Birmingham Bridge and the ramps to the Crosstown Boulevard and Liberty Bridge.  Overnight and off-peak daylight lane restrictions will occur in this section. Additionally, two weekend closures for paving operations may occur. This work has not yet been scheduled. Information will be provided prior to any work occurring.

Swank Construction Company LLC is the prime contractor. Work will be coordinated with other projects located in the same vicinity. The overall project is anticipated to conclude by late January 2020. Please use caution while driving through the area.  Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.


Rachel Carson (Ninth Street) Bridge Closes Monday, 2/11, for Long-Term Rehabilitation Project through Summer 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 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.

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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