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Fern Hollow Superload Beam Deliveries for the Fern Hollow Bridge Reconstruction to Take Place Between July 25 – August 5, Rolling Closures Will be Used on Various Bridges Along the Route and on Forbes Avenue

PennDOT and the City of Pittsburgh are advising motorists that starting Monday, July 25, superloads carrying beams for the Fern Hollow Bridge will be transported from Roaring Springs, Pennsylvania to Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh.

The first transport is expected to leave PennStress, a division of the MacInnis Group, LLC at 7 a.m. on Monday morning with the first of 14 beams for the reconstruction of the Fern Hollow Bridge. The superload will use multiple state routes through Blair, Cambria, and Armstrong counties before reaching Allegheny County on its 124-mile journey to the western side of the bridge located on Forbes Avenue at South Dallas Avenue.

Rolling closures will be used on various bridges along the route, as well as on Forbes Avenue. Pittsburgh Police will escort the superloads as they enter the city which may result in short term traffic stoppages and delays. Two beams a day are expected to be delivered through August 5. No deliveries will be made on weekends.

The prestressed concrete beams are approximately 150 feet long, eight feet high, and four feet wide. Each beam weighs approximately 100 tons. A total of 21 beams will be delivered with 14 being transported to the Squirrel Hill side of the project and the remaining beams delivered to the Regent Square side.

Below is the specific route the superloads will follow once they reach Allegheny County:

    • Southbound Route 28
    • Southbound I-579 over Veterans Bridge
    • Route 885 (Boulevard of the Allies)
    • Forbes Avenue

Additional details will be provided on the specific route along with restrictions prior to the deliveries using I-376 Parkway East and South Braddock Avenue.

Motorists are encouraged to “Know Before They Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts. Follow PennDOT on Twitter and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

PennDOT Media Contact: Nicole Haney, 412-429-5004


West Seventh Avenue Will be Closed in Each Direction Between Route 885 and West Eighth Avenue Beginning on July 18 and Continuing Through Early August 2022

PennDOT District 11 is announcing a closure on West Seventh Avenue (Route 837) in West Homestead Borough, Allegheny County will begin Monday, July 18 weather permitting.

Starting at 6 a.m. Monday, West Seventh Avenue (Route 837) will be closed in each direction between Route 885 and West Eighth Avenue (near the WHEMCO Steel Casting Inc. building) through early August as crews perform a full concrete roadway reconstruction. Traffic will be detoured in each direction — see below for more details:

South of Closure

  • From northbound Route 837, take the ramp to northbound Route 885 (Glenwood Bridge)
  • Continue across the Glenwood Bridge
  • After crossing the bridge continue following northbound Route 885 (Second Avenue)
  • Turn right onto Hazelwood Avenue
  • Turn right onto Browns Hill Road
  • Continue across the Homestead Grays Bridge
  • Follow to West Eighth Avenue
  • End Detour

North of Closure

  • From southbound Route 837 (West Eighth Avenue), turn left onto the Homestead Grays Bridge
  • Continue onto Browns Hill Road
  • Turn left onto Hazelwood Avenue
  • Turn left onto southbound Route 885 (Second Avenue)
  • Follow Second Avenue across the Glenwood Bridge
  • Take the ramp to Route 837 (Glass Run Road/Carson Street/Homestead)
  • Turn left onto Glass Run Road
  • Turn left onto northbound Route 885
  • Take the ramp to southbound Route 837 (Homestead)
  • End Detour

Additionally, single-lane alternating traffic will occur on West Seventh Avenue at the intersection with West Eighth Avenue (at the BP Gas Station) from 8 p.m. Friday night continuously through 8 p.m. Sunday night.  Police and flaggers will assist motorists through the work zone.  Crews from Golden Triangle will conduct concrete pavement reconstruction work.

The full concrete reconstruction on this $5.72 million project stretches approximately one mile on Route 837 (West Seventh Avenue/West Eighth Avenue) between Neel Streel and the Glenwood Bridge interchange. During construction, the road will close in three separate locations, requiring detours along West Seventh Avenue and West Eighth Avenue until work concludes in the fall of 2022. The closures will not occur simultaneously.


Overnight Weekend Ramp Closure of Southbound Boulevard of Allies Interchange to Eastbound I-376 Parkway East Between August 5 – August 8

​PennDOT District 11 is announcing a weekend ramp closure at the I-376 Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) interchange in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Friday night, August 5 through Monday morning, August 8 weather permitting.

The ramp that carries traffic from the southbound (outbound) Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) to eastbound (outbound) I-376 Parkway East will close to traffic from 8 p.m. Friday night continuously through 5:30 a.m. Monday morning as crews conduct expansion dam replacement work. Ramp traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detour:

Southbound Route 885 (Boulevard of the Allies) to eastbound (outbound) I-376 (Parkway East)

  • Continue southbound on the Boulevard of the Allies past the closed ramp
  • Turn right onto Bates Street
  • Turn left onto the ramp to East 376 toward Monroeville
  • End detour

A single-lane restriction will occur in both directions of I-376 under the ramp during this closure. The westbound closure will be coordinated with work occurring at the Oakland/Glenwood (Exit 73) which requires I-376 to be reduced to a single lane of traffic for the weekend. Additionally, overnight ramp closures will occur according to the following schedule:

  • Wednesday night, August 3 at 9 p.m. to Thursday morning, August 4 at 6 a.m. – The eastbound (outbound) I-376 ramp to Forbes Avenue/Oakland (Exit 72A) (Posted detour see below)
  • Thursday night, August 4 at 8 p.m. to Friday morning, August 5 at 5:30 a.m. – The southbound (outbound) Boulevard of the Allies ramp to eastbound (outbound) I-376 Parkway East (Posted detour see above)

Posted Detour:

Eastbound (outbound) I-376 (Parkway East) ramp to Forbes Avenue/Oakland (Exit 72A)

  • Continue on eastbound I-376 past the closed ramp
  • Take the ramp to Edgewood/Swissvale (Exit 77)
  • Bear right toward Swissvale
  • Turn left onto Monongahela Avenue
  • Turn left onto South Braddock Avenue
  • Take the ramp to I-376 toward Pittsburgh
  • From westbound I-376, take the ramp to North 885 Oakland (Exit 73B)
  • Bear right onto Bates Street
  • Turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Turn right onto Craft Avenue
  • Follow Craft Avenue to Forbes Avenue
  • End detour

Preservation work on two mainline Route 885 Boulevard of the Allies bridges and several ramps at the interchange are included in this $35.41 million project. Work will include bridge deck repairs and overlays, expansion dam replacements, steel superstructure and substructure repairs, bearing replacements, full painting, concrete substructure repairs, downspout replacements, drainage repairs, signing and pavement parking upgrades and other miscellaneous construction activities. Motorists will encounter short term lane closures, night and weekend closures of the ramps and Route 885 in each direction, weekend lane restrictions, and overnight directional closures of I-376 Parkway East, long-term closures of Forbes Avenue, Brady Street, and ramps at the Birmingham Bridge. Short-term and weeknight lane closures of Second Avenue are also included throughout this multi-year project.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Route 885 Boulevard of the Allies traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Boulevard of the Allies” in the subject line.


Overnight Inbound Single-Lane Configuration on I-376 and Closure of Glenwood Off-Ramp (Between Exits 72B and 73B) Between August 5- August 8

​PennDOT District 11 is announcing the inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East) will be reduced to a single lane of traffic and the closure of the Glenwood off-ramp in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Friday night, August 5 through Monday morning, August 8 weather permitting.

Inbound I-376 will be reduced to a single lane of traffic between the Oakland (Exit 73B) and the Boulevard of the Allies/Liberty Bridge (Exit 72B) interchanges from 7 p.m. Friday night continuously through approximately noon on Saturday. The inbound single-lane configuration will remain in place between the Oakland (Exit 73B) and the Glenwood (Exit 73A) interchanges from Saturday afternoon until 5 a.m. Monday morning. Crews will conduct expansion dam replacement work.

Additionally, the Glenwood off-ramp from inbound I-376 will close to traffic during the expansion dam work from 7 p.m. Friday night through 5 a.m. Monday morning. Ramp traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detour:

Inbound (westbound) I-376 ramp to South 885/Glenwood (Exit 73A)

  • From inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East), continue past the closed ramp
  • Take the Grant Street (Exit 71A) off-ramp
  • Turn right onto First Avenue
  • Turn left onto B Street
  • Turn right onto Second Avenue
  • Follow Second Avenue to Bates Street
  • End detour

The inbound I-376 off-ramp to Oakland (Exit 73B) and Bates Street will remain open to traffic during the duration of the work.

Modifications, including turning lane installation on Route 885 at the intersections with Second Avenue, Hot Metal Street, Greenfield Avenue, and Hazelwood Avenue, began last year. This year’s work on the $7.62 million project located in the City of Pittsburgh includes widening the I-376 bridge over Bates Street to lengthen the deceleration lane to the Glenwood off-ramp and installing traffic signals at the Oakland and Glenwood off-ramp intersections with Bates Street. I-376 restrictions will include ramp closures, a 15-day lane restriction, and several weekend lane closures. Motorists will also see closures and lane restrictions on Route 885 (Bates Street/Second Avenue). The overall project is expected to finish in September 2022.


Fifth & Forbes PWSA Water Main Replacement Project & Sidewalk Repairs Begins May 2021 and Will Be Competed by Late August 2022

This project – spanning across the Central Business District, Uptown, and Oakland – will replace over two miles of water mains on Forbes Avenue and Fifth Avenue. As part of this work, we will replace any lead service lines found when replacing the water mains. This project is currently in the construction phase and approximately 78% of construction has been completed to-date. Additional information about the project can be found at the PWSA Fifth and Forbes Water Main Replacement Project page or the interactive map.

Work is expected to begin May 2021 and be completed by late August 2022 (exact date is TBA), with a Monday-Friday schedule and variable work hours. Street will be restricted to one lane of traffic during work. Crews will work one block at a time.

Water main replacement work will occur on the following streets:

  • Forbes Avenue (Sixth Avenue – Brady Street)
  • Fifth Avenue (Sixth Avenue – Kirkpatrick Street)

If you have any additional questions or concerns about the project, please reach out to PWSA’s Construction Communications Project Manager, Mora McLaughlin, at mmclaughlin@pgh2o.com.


15-Day Inbound I-376 Parkway East Lane Restriction and Glenwood Ramp Closure Begins on Friday Night, June 10, and Lane Restrictions and Weekend Closures Will Continue Through September 2022

​PennDOT District 11 is announcing a 15-day lane restriction on the inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East) and a 15-day closure of the Glenwood off-ramp in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Friday night, June 10 weather permitting.

Work on the $7.62 million Hazelwood Green project continues Friday night at approximately 9 p.m. with the following work:

  • An around-the-clock single-lane restriction on the inbound (westbound) Parkway East from the Saline Street Bridge (Mile Marker 73.5) to just prior to the Boulevard of the Allies exit (Mile Marker 72.5) from 9 p.m. Friday night continuously through 9 p.m. Saturday night, June 25.
  • The South 885/Glenwood off-ramp (Exit 73A) from inbound (westbound) Parkway East will close around-the-clock from 9 p.m. Friday night continuously through 9 p.m. Saturday night, June 25. Traffic will be detoured.
  • The ramp from Bates Street (Route 885) to outbound (eastbound) Parkway East will close to traffic from 9 p.m. Friday night continuously through 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, June 15. Additionally, overnight closures will occur as needed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 through Saturday, June 25. Traffic will be detoured.
  • Southbound Bates Street will close at the Boulevard of the Allies from 9 p.m. Friday night continuously through 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, June 15. Additionally, overnight closures will occur as needed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 through Saturday, June 25. Traffic will be detoured.
  • Northbound Bates Street will close at Second Avenue from 9 p.m. Friday night continuously through 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, June 15. Additionally, overnight closures will occur as needed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 through Saturday, June 25. Traffic will be detoured.

The ramp from inbound (westbound) Parkway East to North 885/Oakland (Exit 73B) will remain open to traffic during the duration of the work.

Posted Detours:

Inbound (westbound) I-376 ramp to South 885/Glenwood (Exit 73A)

  • From inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East), continue past the closed ramp
  • Take the Grant Street (Exit 71A) off-ramp
  • Turn right onto First Avenue
  • Turn left onto B Street
  • Turn right onto Second Avenue
  • Follow Second Avenue to Bates Street
  • End detour

Bates Street Ramp to outbound (eastbound) I-376 from the Boulevard of the Allies

  • Take the Boulevard of the Allies westbound (inbound)
  • Take the ramp to West 376 toward Downtown/Fort Pitt Bridge
  • Merge onto I-376 Parkway East
  • Take the left-hand Grant Street off-ramp (Exit 71A)
  • From Grant Street, turn right onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Take the ramp to 376 East toward Monroeville
  • End detour

Bates Street Ramp to outbound (eastbound) I-376 from Second Avenue

  • Take Second Avenue westbound (inbound)
  • Turn left onto B Street
  • Turn right onto First Avenue
  • Turn right onto Grant Street
  • Turn right onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Take the ramp to 376 East toward Monroeville
  • End detour

Southbound Bates Street (From the Boulevard of the Allies to Second Avenue)

  • Take the Boulevard of the Allies westbound (inbound)
  • Take the ramp to West 376 toward Downtown/Fort Pitt Bridge
  • Merge onto I-376 Parkway East
  • Take the left-hand Grant Street off-ramp (Exit 71A)
  • Turn right onto First Avenue
  • Turn left onto B Street
  • Turn right onto Second Avenue
  • Follow Second Avenue to Bates Street
  • End detour

Northbound Bates Street (From Second Avenue to the Boulevard of the Allies)

  • From eastbound (outbound) Second Avenue, Turn right onto Hot Metal Street
  • Turn right onto East Carson Street (Route 837)
  • Turn right onto the Birmingham Bridge
  • Take the ramp toward Oakland
  • Turn right onto Forbes Avenue
  • Turn right onto Craft Avenue
  • Turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Follow the Boulevard of the Allies to Bates Street
  • End detour

Modifications, including turning lane installation on Route 885 at the intersections with Second Avenue, Hot Metal Street, Greenfield Avenue, and Hazelwood Avenue, began last year. This year’s work on the $7.62 million project located in the City of Pittsburgh includes widening the I-376 bridge over Bates Street to lengthen the deceleration lane to the Glenwood off-ramp and installing traffic signals at the Oakland and Glenwood off-ramp intersections with Bates Street. I-376 restrictions will include ramp closures, a 15-day lane restriction, and several weekend lane closures. Motorists will also see closures and lane restrictions on Route 885 (Bates Street/Second Avenue). The overall project is expected to finish in September 2022.


Overnight Closures of Bates Street and Associated Ramps to Take Place for Overnight Paving Operations of Bates Street, Between Boulevard of Allies and Second Avenue, Beginning on July 25 and Extending Through Early August

​PennDOT District 11 is announcing overnight closures of Bates Street (Route 885) and associated ramps in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday night, July 25 weather permitting.

Overnight paving operations of Bates Street between the Boulevard of the Allies and Second Avenue will occur nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through early August. To allow this work to occur, Bates Street will close and traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detours:

Southbound Bates Street (From the Boulevard of the Allies to Second Avenue)

  • Take the Boulevard of the Allies westbound (inbound)
  • Take the ramp to West 376 toward Downtown/Fort Pitt Bridge
  • Merge onto I-376 Parkway East
  • Take the left-hand Grant Street off-ramp (Exit 71A)
  • Turn right onto First Avenue
  • Turn left onto B Street
  • Turn right onto Second Avenue
  • Follow Second Avenue to Bates Street
  • End detour

Northbound Bates Street (From Second Avenue to the Boulevard of the Allies)

  • From eastbound (outbound) Second Avenue, Turn right onto Hot Metal Street
  • Turn right onto East Carson Street (Route 837)
  • Turn right onto the Birmingham Bridge
  • Take the ramp toward Oakland
  • Turn right onto Forbes Avenue
  • Turn right onto Craft Avenue
  • Turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Follow the Boulevard of the Allies to Bates Street
  • End detour

Additionally, the following ramps to and from Bates Street will also close nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through early August:

  • Inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East) ramp to Oakland (Exit 73B)
  • Inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East) ramp to Glenwood (Exit 73A)
  • The ramp from Bates Street (Route 885) to outbound (eastbound) I-376 (Parkway East)

Posted Ramp Detours:

Inbound (westbound) I-376 ramp to North 885/Oakland (Exit 73B)

  • From inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East), continue past the closed ramp
  • Take the Grant Street (Exit 71A) off-ramp
  • From Grant Street, turn right onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Follow the Boulevard of the Allies back to Bates Street
  • End detour

Inbound (westbound) I-376 ramp to South 885/Glenwood (Exit 73A)

  • From inbound (westbound) I-376 (Parkway East), continue past the closed ramp
  • Take the Grant Street (Exit 71A) off-ramp
  • Turn right onto First Avenue
  • Turn left onto B Street
  • Turn right onto Second Avenue
  • Follow Second Avenue to Bates Street
  • End detour

Bates Street Ramp to outbound (eastbound) I-376 from the Boulevard of the Allies

  • Take the Boulevard of the Allies westbound (inbound)
  • Take the ramp to West 376 toward Downtown/Fort Pitt Bridge
  • Merge onto I-376 Parkway East
  • Take the left-hand Grant Street off-ramp (Exit 71A)
  • From Grant Street, turn right onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Take the ramp to 376 East toward Monroeville
  • End detour

Bates Street Ramp to outbound (eastbound) I-376 from Second Avenue

  • Take Second Avenue westbound (inbound)
  • Turn left onto B Street
  • Turn right onto First Avenue
  • Turn right onto Grant Street
  • Turn right onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Take the ramp to 376 East toward Monroeville
  • End detour

Modifications, including turning lane installation on Route 885 at the intersections with Second Avenue, Hot Metal Street, Greenfield Avenue, and Hazelwood Avenue, began last year. This year’s work on the $7.62 million project located in the City of Pittsburgh includes widening the I-376 bridge over Bates Street to lengthen the deceleration lane to the Glenwood off-ramp and installing traffic signals at the Oakland and Glenwood off-ramp intersections with Bates Street. I-376 restrictions will include ramp closures, a 15-day lane restriction, and several weekend lane closures. Motorists will also see closures and lane restrictions on Route 885 (Bates Street/Second Avenue). The overall project is expected to finish in September 2022.


Single-Lane Restrictions and Shoulder Closures Will Occur on Second Avenue Between Both Entrances on Technology Drive Beginning on May 9 and Extending Through Early September 2022

​PennDOT District 11 is announcing lane restrictions on Second Avenue in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, May 9 weather permitting.

Single-lane restrictions and shoulder closures will occur on Second Avenue between both entrances of Technology Drive beginning at 9 a.m. Monday continuously through early September. Crews will conduct drainage upgrades and widening work. Allison Park Contractors are the prime contractor on this $7.62 million project.


Ramp Restrictions at I-376 Parkway East Boulevard of Allies Interchange Begins on April 4 and Will Continue on Weeknights Through Late December 2022

​PennDOT District 11 is announcing ramp restrictions at the I-376 (Parkway East) Boulevard of Allies (Route 885) interchange in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday night, April 4 weather permitting.

Work will occur on the following ramps from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights through late December:

  • Boulevard of the Allies off-ramp to eastbound (outbound) I-376 (Parkway East). Restrictions include shoulder closures, short-term lane restrictions, and traffic stoppages.
  • Eastbound (outbound) I-376 (Parkway East) off-ramp to Forbes Avenue. Restrictions include shoulder closures, short-term lane restrictions, and traffic stoppages.
  • Eastbound Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) between Jumonville Street to Forbes Avenue. Restrictions include nightly single-lane closures, short-term lane restrictions, and traffic stoppages.

Crews will conduct safety cable and overhang jack installation, parapet removal, expansion dam replacement, barrier repairs, and downspout work on each of the ramps. Work will not begin until two hours after the end of PPG Paints Arena events on eastbound Boulevard of the Allies and the ramp from the Boulevard of the Allies to outbound Parkway East.

Preservation work on two mainline Route 885 Boulevard of the Allies bridges and several ramps at the interchange are included in this $35.41 million project. Work will include bridge deck repairs and overlays, expansion dam replacements, steel superstructure and substructure repairs, bearing replacements, full painting, concrete substructure repairs, downspout replacements, drainage repairs, signing and pavement parking upgrades and other miscellaneous construction activities.

Motorists will encounter short term lane closures, night and weekend closures of the ramps and Route 885 in each direction, weekend lane restrictions, and overnight directional closures of I-376 Parkway East, long-term closures of Forbes Avenue, Brady Street, and ramps at the Birmingham Bridge. Short-term and weeknight lane closures of Second Avenue are also included throughout this multi-year project.


Single-Lane Restrictions, Shoulder Closures, and Intermittent Traffic Stoppages Will Occur on Second Avenue, Between Brady St & Technology Drive, Through Late December 2022

​PennDOT District 11 is announcing lane restrictions on Second Avenue in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, May 2 weather permitting.

Single-lane restrictions, shoulder closures, and intermittent traffic stoppages of 15 minutes or less will occur on Second Avenue between Brady Street and Technology Drive through late December according to the following schedule:

  • Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nightly from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Crews will conduct paint containment installation work, bridge painting, steel repairs, expansion dam replacement, and other miscellaneous construction activities on the Route 885 Boulevard of the Allies bridges and associated ramps.

Preservation work on two mainline Route 885 Boulevard of the Allies bridges and several ramps at the interchange are included in this $35.41 million project. Work will include bridge deck repairs and overlays, expansion dam replacements, steel superstructure and substructure repairs, bearing replacements, full painting, concrete substructure repairs, downspout replacements, drainage repairs, signing and pavement parking upgrades and other miscellaneous construction activities.

Motorists will encounter short term lane closures, night and weekend closures of the ramps and Route 885 in each direction, weekend lane restrictions, and overnight directional closures of I-376 Parkway East, long-term closures of Forbes Avenue, Brady Street, and ramps at the Birmingham Bridge. Short-term and weeknight lane closures of Second Avenue are also included throughout this multi-year project.


Duquesne Light Pre-Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Work in Uptown, on Fifth and Forbes Avenue, to Extend from Mid-June 2021 Through Summer 2023

Duquesne Light will be working in conjunction with other local utilities, which also will be upgrading their respective infrastructure for the BRT system. DLC’s upgrades are part of a major investment to the reliability in the area aimed at fortifying electric capacity as the community’s needs grow. DLC will be replacing 2.5 miles of electric duct bank, 86,000 feet of outdated underground cables, more than 50 poles and at least 30 electrical circuits. While most of this work will not impact customers’ power, outages may be required. For more information about this project and to view the FAQs, visit Duquesne Light’s BRT project overview page.

Duquesne Light’s portion of this project is slated to begin mid-June 2021 and expected to be completed in the summer of 2023. Fifth and Forbes Avenues, between Grant Street and the Birmingham Bridge, will be affected by construction work during this time and PWSA is working to ensure this impact is as minimal as possible. The latest construction and traffic updates can be accessed here

During DLC’s upgrades for the BRT system, traffic flow will be restricted to a single lane through most active work sites. Work hours will be established to minimize impact to rush hour traffic, PPG Paints Arena events and other city events. Nighttime work will be conducted on Forbes Avenue near I-579 and at the Grant Street, Ross Street and Sixth Avenue intersections with Fifth Avenue.

While traffic can still navigate on Fifth and Forbes avenues, delays are expected. Those traveling through the area are encouraged to avoid construction areas by using I-376 and Centre Avenue as shown below.


Long-Term Closure: Two-and-a-Half Year (30 months) Closure of Waterfront Place Begins January 2020 and Will Continue Through Summer 2023

A two-and-a-half-year closure of Waterfront Place in Pittsburgh’s Strip District is scheduled to begin on Thursday.

The closure was announced in late December by The City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and The NRP Group, developers of Riverfront Landing II.

Waterfront Place will be closed to vehicles between 16th Street and 18th Street. According to a news release, during the closure, one half of the road will be obstructed for construction and the other half will be a corridor for pedestrian and bike traffic.

The news release also noted that all westbound vehicles traveling on Railroad Street/Waterfront Place will be detoured to Smallman Street at 21st Street. All eastbound vehicles traveling on Waterfront Place will be detoured to Smallman Street at 15th Street. The detours will have directional signage.

There will also be a protected corridor for pedestrian and bike traffic with jersey barriers and fencing in the area of the closure. Cyclists on either end of the closure will be directed to bike in the travel lane along with vehicle traffic. Pedestrians will be routed back onto the sidewalks. The news release also noted that temporary periods of full closures for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic are possible during construction. Traffic will be detoured to Smallman Street or Penn Avenue during those times.

More information, including a map of to show area of safety concerns and detours, is available at this link.


Reconstruction of the Fern Hollow Bridge Anticipated to Begin in Late April 2022 and is Expected to be Completed by Fall 2023

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s District 11 and City of Pittsburgh officials, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, are announcing that both design and construction efforts are underway to reconstruct and erect a structure along Forbes Avenue within the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. The structure, commonly referred to as the Fern Hollow Bridge, provides travel over Frick Park, Fern Hollow Creek, and Tranquil Trail.

Officials are outlining progress on the reconstruction just weeks after Governor Wolf signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency on January 28 and Mayor Ed Gainey issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency on January 30, 2022 due to the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge. The emergency declarations allowed the City to immediately turn the project over to PennDOT for management of the design and construction of the project and for the department to work with the Federal Highway Administration to utilize emergency procurement procedures and begin work within seven days of the collapse.

In order to expedite the replacement, the new structure will remain along the same roadway alignment and width and is anticipated to include four 10-foot-wide travel lanes, two-foot-wide shoulders on both sides, a five-foot-wide sidewalk, and a 10-foot 5-inch-wide shared use path on the southern side of the bridge. The entire project site is being evaluated for aesthetic treatments which are expected to include, but are not limited to, treatments to the concrete pier columns and bridge barriers, painting of the beams, a stream restoration plan, ornamental bridge lighting, and a site restoration plan with tree plantings to restore damaged areas.

Current detour in effect: Local drivers and residents should follow South Dallas to Penn Avenue to South Braddock.

HDR and Swank Construction were selected to design and construct the bridge through a Design Build partnership. To learn more about the bridge reconstruction project, access online comment forms (as they’re made available), and view site renderings, visit PennDOT’s Fern Hollow Bridge Project page.


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