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Southbound I-279 Overnight Sign Improvement Work Continues Monday, 2/11, in Pittsburgh through Friday, 2/22

PennDOT District 11 is announcing overnight sign improvement work on southbound I-279 (Parkway North) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will continue Monday night, February 11 weather permitting.

Overnight sign improvement work will occur from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights through Friday night, February 22 in the following locations:

  • Traffic stoppages of 15 minutes or less as needed on southbound I-279 between the East Street (Exit 4) off-ramp and the East Ohio Street underpass
  • Single-lane restriction on southbound I-279 between the East Ohio Street underpass and the North Shore (Exit 1B) off-ramp

Crews from the Trumbull Corporation will conduct the work.


Route 837 East Carson Street Lane Closures Begin Monday Night, 2/11, in Pittsburgh through Friday Night, 3/8

PennDOT District 11 is announcing manhole repair work on East Carson Street (Route 837) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday night, February 11 weather permitting.

Single-lane closures will occur as needed on East Carson Street between Smithfield Street and South 25th Street from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights through Friday night, March 8. Crews from the Duquesne Light Company will conduct manhole repairs.

PennDOT is not involved in this work and is providing this information as a public service announcement only. For additional information contact Traci Jackson at 412-393-7813.


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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