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Inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel Lighting Maintenance Wednesday Night, 12/4

PennDOT is announcing lighting maintenance activities in the inbound (westbound) Squirrel Hill Tunnel (I-376 Parkway East) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Wednesday night, December 4.

A single-lane restriction will occur in the inbound direction of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as crews conduct lighting maintenance work.


Boulevard of the Allies Lane Restrictions Occurring this Week, 12/3 – 12/7

PennDOT District 11 is announcing lane restrictions on the Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Tuesday through Saturday, December 3-7 weather permitting.

Single-lane restrictions will occur in both directions on the Boulevard of the Allies between the Liberty Bridge and Bates Street according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday through Thursday, December 3-5 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, December 6-7 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday

Crews will conduct substructure repairs and ADA ramp installation work. Please use caution while driving through the area.  Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.


I-376 Parkway East Overnight Lane Restrictions Continue this Week, 12/3 – 12/7

PennDOT District 11 is announcing overnight lane restrictions on I-376 (Parkway East) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will continue Tuesday through Saturday nights, December 3-7 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 according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday through Thursday nights, December 3-5 – 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night
  • Friday night, December 6 – 9 p.m. to noon on Saturday
  • Saturday night, December 7 – 6 p.m. to noon on Sunday

Crews will conduct barrier repairs, delineator installation, and inlet work.

Work will not occur in the outbound direction until one hour after the end of Penguin games. Motorists should use caution when traveling through the area.


10th Street, Between Liberty Avenue and Penn Avenue, to Close for at Least 8 Weeks Following Sinkhole that Emerged in Late October

An unexpected collapse of multiple concrete pavement slabs on Tenth Street, between Liberty and Penn Avenues occurred during the morning rush hour on Monday, October 28, 2019. The void, apparently caused by a long occurring water leak underground, cleared most of the underground area beneath the pavement, causing a void which ultimately brought about the collapse of the pavement, also damaging numerous underground utilities.

Until the area is cleared, utility repairs made and the area back filled and renewed, the closure of Tenth Street between Liberty and Penn Avenues, and to a lesser extent, Penn Avenue between Eleventh & Ninth Street will continue. Pittsburgh Public Safety says 10th Street between Liberty and Penn Avenue is expected to be closed for up to 8 weeks. Expect daily delays on your commute and plan accordingly.

A contractor is removing concrete and debris from the hole, and will then utilities will work on securing the fiber infrastructure at the site. Once that work is completed the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority will assess any damage to water, sewer and storm lines at the site and make any repairs needed. 

There are a host of utilities impacted by the sinkhole, which complicates the restoration effort. In addition to PWSA there is also below-ground infrastructure at the site by Duquesne Light, Verizon, Peoples Gas, and PAC Thermal (PACT).  

The street cannot be restored until all utility repairs are complete. Once those repairs are done, the sinkhole will be filled up to the subgrade level and a new concrete street will be poured. Sidewalks and curbs in the affected area will also be restored. All of those repairs will take an estimated eight weeks to complete. 

Businesses in the area may experience intermittent outages of water or utility service as repairs are made. Entry to the Westin Pittsburgh Hotel is being accommodated from Liberty Avenue at 10th Street. 

Other routes affected: 29 – Robinson, 31 – Bridgeville, G31 – Bridgeville Flyer, 86 – Liberty, 88 – Penn, 91 – Butler Street


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.


Long-Term Construction Project: Chatham Street Long-Term Closure Begins on September 25 and Will Continue through December

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure advises that the northbound lane of Chatham Street between Bigelow Blvd and Centre Ave. will be closed long term beginning the week of September 25, 2019 at 7 a.m. and remain closed until December 2019.

The restriction is necessary to allow the contractor to perform various construction activities such as excavating behind existing retaining wall at Abutment 1, installing temporary shoring, and constructing new abutment and park area for the “CAP Project”.

Traffic will be detoured along Centre Ave. to Sixth Avenue and then to Bigelow Blvd/Webster Avenue.  The southbound lane of Chatham Street will remain open.

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.


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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