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Southbound I-579 Overnight Improvements Continue This Week, 8/19 – 8/22

PennDOT District 11 is announcing overnight improvement work on southbound I-579 and associated ramps for the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Monday through Thursday nights, August 19-22 weather permitting.

Crews from the Joseph B. Fay Company will conduct overhang and parapet removal work and hang overhead jacks from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. requiring the following restrictions:

  • Thursday night, August 22 – The 7th Avenue ramp to southbound I-579 will close to traffic. Motorists will be detoured.

Posted Detours:

7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Cars)

  • From 7th Avenue, take Grant Street southbound
  • Continue southbound on Grant Street
  • Take the ramp to East I-376 toward Monroeville
  • End detour

7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Trucks)

  • From 7th Avenue, take Grant Street southbound
  • Turn right onto 6th Avenue
  • Turn left onto Wood Street
  • Turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Take the ramp to East 376 toward Monroeville
  • End detour

7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge)

  • From 7th Avenue, take Grant Street southbound
  • Turn left onto 6th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue becomes the Crosstown Boulevard
  • Follow Crosstown Boulevard to the Liberty Bridge
  • End detour

The work is part of the $29.34 million project which will consist of the construction of a structure spanning I-579 to link downtown Pittsburgh and the Hill District. In part, the Cap project will create a new three-acre greenspace which will include pedestrian pathways, bicycle routes, rain gardens for stormwater management, and design elements from neighborhood artists. Additional construction activities include retrofitting existing retaining walls and bridges to accommodate the new structure, roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, traffic signals, highway lighting, ITS, and landscaping.

For additional details on the project including information on sustainability, funding, and public input please visit http://www.pgh-sea.com/LHR-i579cap.htm.


Inbound I-376 Parkway East Concrete Repairs Will Take Place Between Friday Night, 8/23, and Saturday Morning, 8/24

PennDOT District 11 is announcing lane restrictions and ramp closures on inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Friday night and Saturday morning, August 23-24 weather permitting.

Inbound I-376 will be reduced to a single-lane of traffic in the “bathtub” area between the Grant Street (Exit 71A) interchange and the Fort Pitt Bridge from 9 p.m. Friday night through noon on Saturday. Crews will conduct concrete repairs.

To allow the work to occur, the following ramps will close to traffic:

  • The Grant Street on-ramp to westbound I-376
  • The Stanwix Street off-ramp from westbound I-376 (Exit 70D)

Posted Detours:

Grant Street on-ramp to Westbound I-376

  • From Grant Street, turn right onto Fort Pitt Boulevard
  • Turn left onto the ramp to West 376 toward Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport
  • End detour

Stanwix Street off-ramp from Westbound I-376 (Exit 70D)

  • From westbound I-376, take the Grant Street (Exit 71A) off-ramp
  • Turn left onto Fort Pitt Boulevard
  • Follow Fort Pitt Boulevard to Stanwix Street
  • End detour

Motorists should use caution when traveling through the area. The work is part of the $26.39 million Parkway East Improvement Project located between the Fort Pitt Bridge and the Edgewood/Swissvale interchange which also includes milling and resurfacing, concrete patching, ramp improvements, bridge dam replacement, barrier repair work, guiderail improvements, and minor bridge repairs.  Swank Construction Company is the contractor.


Southbound I-579 Overnight Improvements Continue Next Week, 8/26 – 8/29, for the Cap Project

PennDOT District 11 is announcing overnight improvement work on southbound I-579 and associated ramps for the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Monday through Thursday nights, August 26-29 weather permitting.

Crews from the Joseph B. Fay Company will conduct overhang and parapet removal work and hang overhead jacks from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. requiring the following restrictions:

  • Monday night, August 26 – The 7th Avenue ramp to southbound I-579 and the Bedford Avenue ramp to southbound I-579 will close to traffic. Motorists will be detoured.
  • Tuesday night, August 27 – The 7th Avenue ramp to southbound I-579 and the Bedford Avenue ramp to southbound I-579 will close to traffic. Motorists will be detoured. Additionally, the southbound I-579 right-hand shoulder will be restricted.
  • Wednesday night, August 28 – The southbound I-579 right-hand lane and shoulder will be restricted.
  • Thursday night, August 29 – The southbound I-579 land-hand lane will be restricted.

Posted Detours:

7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Cars)

  • From 7th Avenue, take Grant Street southbound
  • Continue southbound on Grant Street
  • Take the ramp to East I-376 toward Monroeville
  • End detour

7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Trucks)

  • From 7th Avenue, take Grant Street southbound
  • Turn right onto 6th Avenue
  • Turn left onto Wood Street
  • Turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Take the ramp to East 376 toward Monroeville
  • End detour

7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge)

  • From 7th Avenue, take Grant Street southbound
  • Turn left onto 6th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue becomes the Crosstown Boulevard
  • Follow Crosstown Boulevard to the Liberty Bridge
  • End detour

Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Cars)

  • From Bedford Avenue, take the ramp to 7th Avenue/Fort Pitt Bridge
  • Turn left onto Grant Street
  • Take the ramp East I-376 toward Monroeville
  • End detour

Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Trucks)

  • From Bedford Avenue, turn left onto Crawford Street
  • Turn right onto Centre Avenue
  • Turn right onto 6th Avenue
  • Turn left onto Wood Street
  • Turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Take the ramp to East 376 toward Monroeville
  • End detour

Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge – Cars)

  • From Bedford Avenue, take the ramp to 7th Avenue/Fort Pitt Bridge
  • Turn left onto Grant Street
  • Turn left onto 6th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue becomes the Crosstown Boulevard
  • Follow Crosstown Boulevard to the Liberty Bridge
  • End detour

Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge – Trucks)

  • From Bedford Avenue, turn left onto Crawford Street
  • Turn right onto Centre Avenue
  • Turn left onto 6th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue becomes the Crosstown Boulevard
  • Follow Crosstown Boulevard to the Liberty Bridge
  • End detour

For additional details on the project including information on sustainability, funding, and public input please visit http://www.pgh-sea.com/LHR-i579cap.htm.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-579 Crosstown Boulevard traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – I-579 Cap Project” in the subject line.


Port Authority South Hills Transit Delays Begin Friday Night, 7/26, and will Continue through Late August

Port Authority bus and light rail riders in the South Hills can expect a month worth of delays to begin at 7 p.m. Friday as crews replace 480 feet of track and concrete between the Mount Washington Transit Tunnel and South Hills Junction.

The $1.8 million project is expected to cause significant delays for about 10,000 light rail riders and 5,000 bus riders on weekdays and 5,000 light rail and 2,000 bus riders on weekends through Aug. 22. Michael Facchiano Contracting will work 24 hours a day on the project.

Inbound light rail service will be provided on the Allentown line, which is normally dormant, but there will be no service to Station Square. Outbound riders from Station Square will have to take a rail shuttle to the First Avenue Station and inbound riders will have to go to First Avenue and take the shuttle to Station Square.

Nine inbound buses that regularly use the South Busway — Routes 39, 40, 41, 44, Y1, Y45, Y46, Y47 and Y49 — will be detoured inbound from the South Busway at Palm Garden. Outbound buses will be detoured from East Carson Street at Station Square.

Riders with questions can call authority’s Customer Service Construction Information Line at 412-566-5544 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.


I-376 Parkway East Overnight Lane Restrictions Continue this Week, 8/19 – 8/23, in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing overnight lane restrictions on I-376 (Parkway East) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will continue Monday through Thursday nights, August 19-23 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 line striping, guide rail installation, barrier repairs, and platform removal work. Restrictions will occur from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights. Work will not begin in the outbound direction until one hour after the end of any Pirate home game.

Additionally, concrete patching work will occur on I-376 in the inbound direction in the bathtub area between the Grant Street (Exit 71A) interchange and the Fort Pitt Bridge the weekend of Friday, August 23 to Monday, August 26.  Additional details on restrictions will be provided once the schedule is finalized. Motorists should use caution when traveling through the area.


Route 885 Boulevard of the Allies Inspections Begin on 8/5 and Continue through the End of August

PennDOT District 11 is announcing inspection activities on the Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, August 5 weather permitting.

Single-lane restrictions will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for the bridge and ramp inspections. Crews from HDR Engineering and Sofis Company Inc will conduct inspection activities in the following locations:

  • Southbound Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) ramp under the Birmingham Bridge toward Forbes Avenue/Oakland
  • Southbound Boulevard of the Allies ramp to eastbound I-376 (Parkway East)
  • Ramp from the Birmingham Bridge onto Forbes Avenue
  • Ramp from Forbes Avenue onto the Birmingham Bridge

Lane restrictions will not occur during local university move-in days.


David McCullough Bridge Lane Restrictions to Begin Monday, 6/3, and Continue through Early September 2019

The Department of Public Works announced that the David McCullough Bridge (Sixteenth Street) in the City of Pittsburgh will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, for a project that includes structural steel repairs, downspout and scupper repairs, barrier and deck repairs, fencing installation, and asphalt paving with line stripping.

Important Note: The lane restrictions will be removed on July 3-7 for the Independence Day holiday and will resume on July 8 and continue until the end of the project, which is expected to be in early September 2019. Additionally, there will be periodic sidewalk closings on the bridge, but pedestrians will be able to access at least one of the two sidewalks at all times throughout the project.

The $1 million project is being done by Advantage Steel and Construction of Saxonburg and in conjunction with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.


Forbes Avenue Overnight Lane Restriction at Brady Street begins Monday, 4/8, in Pittsburgh and will Continue through Mid-November

PennDOT District 11 is announcing a lane restriction on Forbes Avenue in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, April 8, weather permitting.

A single-lane restriction on Forbes Avenue at the Brady Street intersection will occur from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday nights through mid-November as crews begin preparatory work on the ramp that carries the inbound Boulevard of the Allies to inbound I-376 (Parkway East). Lane restrictions may also occur from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights as needed.

Additionally, flagging operations on Brady Street will occur at the intersections with Forbes Avenue and Second Avenue.  Flagging will occur from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday nights and 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights as needed.


10th Street Water Feature Closed at David L. Lawrence Convention Center from Monday, 6/3, to Friday, 12/20

Beginning June 3, 2019, the 10th Street Water Feature at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center will be closed, on both the city and river side, due to building repairs. The Convention Center Riverfront Plaza and trail will remain open and accessible during this period.

Alternative accessible access to/from the Convention Center Riverfront Plaza and is indicated by the blue arrows in the pictures.

For more information on this project, please visit the DLCC website to learn more or contact Conor McGarvey, Director of Operations at the Convention Center: 412-475-1622, or Bill Williams, Facilities Director of the Sports  Exhibition Authority: 412-325-3003.


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.


I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector Project begins Monday, 7/15, and will Continue through Late Summer 2021 for Long-Term Construction Project

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, July 15 weather permitting.

The $29.34 million project will consist of the construction of a structure spanning I-579 to link downtown Pittsburgh and the Hill District. In part, the Cap project will create a new three-acre greenspace which will include pedestrian pathways, bicycle routes, rain gardens for stormwater management, and design elements from neighborhood artists. Additional construction activities include retrofitting existing retaining walls and bridges to accommodate the new structure, roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, traffic signals, highway lighting, ITS, and landscaping.

Work will begin on Monday, July 15 at 7 a.m. and includes fence and barrier erection, clearing and grubbing activities, and other preparatory work. To allow this work to occur, long-term sidewalk restrictions nearest to I-579 will occur in the following locations:

  • Centre Avenue between Chatham Street and Washington Place – Sidewalk restricted to a ten-foot width
  • Bigelow Boulevard between Chatham Street and Washington Place – Sidewalk restricted to a ten-foot width
  • Washington Place between Bigelow Boulevard and Centre Avenue – Sidewalk will close to pedestrians
  • Chatham Street between Bigelow Boulevard and Centre Avenue – Sidewalk will close to pedestrians
  • Pedestrian walkway and tunnel between Chatham Street and Seventh Avenue will close to pedestrians

Pedestrians will be detoured via the sidewalks on the opposite side of the roadway for the Washington Place and Chatham Street sidewalk closures. The roadways will remain open for vehicular traffic.

Posted Detours: Pedestrian Walkway and Tunnel

Chatham Street to Seventh Avenue:

  • From Chatham Street, follow Webster Avenue to Sixth Avenue
  • Crossover Bigelow Square and continue on Sixth Avenue to Grant Street
  • Turn right onto Grant Street and follow to Seventh Avenue
  • End detour

Seventh Avenue to Chatham Street:

  • Same detour in the opposite direction

Short-term lane restrictions will occur as needed on Bigelow Boulevard, Centre Avenue, Chatham Street, and Washington place weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of July to allow crews to mobilize equipment and deliver materials.

Work impacting I-579 is tentatively scheduled to begin in early August with overnight mainline closures for overhead sign structure removal and overnight ramp closures for lighting pole removal. Additionally, a long-term closure of the ramp from northbound I-579 to Seventh Avenue will be implemented through late summer 2021. The northbound I-579 off-ramp to Bigelow Boulevard and the southbound I-579 on-ramps from Seventh Avenue and Bedford Avenue will have periodic long-term, overnight, and weekend closures. Also, overnight and weekend closures of I-579 will occur. Additional details will be provided in advance of physical work beginning.

The project will significantly improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists in several ways:

  • Elimination of the substandard discontinuous sidewalk along the Bigelow Boulevard/Webster Avenue Bridge used by pedestrians;
  • Reconstruction and upgrade of the pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Bigelow Boulevard/Chatham Street, including curb cut ramps, pedestrian pushbuttons and audible countdown signal heads;
  • Reconstruction of the sidewalks along the perimeter of the project site including Bigelow Boulevard, Chatham Street, Washington Place, and Centre Avenue;
  • Incorporation of pedestrian and bicycle signage;
  • Installation of appropriate path lighting, as needed for the safety of all users; and,
  • Addition of landscaping, benching, and resting areas among other public amenities.

For additional details on the project including information on sustainability, funding, and public input please visit http://www.pgh-sea.com/LHR-i579cap.htm.


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