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High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes to Partially Reopen to Northbound Traffic On May 21, 2021

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the reopening of the I-279 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the northbound (outbound) direction in Ross Township and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur on Friday, May 21 weather permitting. The HOV lanes closed to traffic on March 16, 2021.

The process to reopen the HOV lanes to traffic in the northbound (outbound) direction only will begin at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday. The outbound only configuration will be in effect around-the-clock until further notice. Southbound (inbound) access to the HOV lanes will not be permitted at this time. The department is currently evaluating potential options for a full reopening of the HOV lanes. A definitive timeline has not yet been determined.

Crews have conducted temporary repairs, inspection activities, vegetation and litter removal, and barricade installation.

The HOV lanes are used to reduce congestion along Interstate 279 (Parkway North) by promoting ridesharing via carpooling, van pooling, or public transportation. With the exception of motorcycles, all vehicles using the HOV lanes must have at least two people in them from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, trucks are not permitted on the HOV.

To help keep motorists informed, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-279 Parkway North traffic advisories. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Parkway North” in the subject line.


Overnight Lane Restrictions In Both Directions Of Route 28 Will Occur Overnight On Weekdays Between Late March and Late August 2021

PennDOT District 11 is announcing a time change for the overnight single-lane restrictions on Route 28 in various municipalities in Allegheny County, will begin Monday night, March 29 weather permitting.

Overnight single-lane restrictions in both directions of Route 28 will occur from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights through late August. Restrictions will occur between the Highland Park Bridge and Delafield Avenue.  Crews will continue drainage improvement work. Friday and Saturday nights may be used for make-up days. Motorists should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Route 28 traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Route 28” in the subject line.


Northbound Route 28 Off-ramp to the Highland Park Bridge Long-term Closure Set to Begin On Monday, June 21, and Will Extend Through September 2021

​PennDOT District 11 is announcing the long-term closure of the ramp from northbound Route 28 to the Highland Park Bridge in Sharpsburg Borough, Allegheny County, will begin Monday morning, June 21 weather permitting.

Beginning at approximately 3 a.m. on Monday, the ramp from northbound Route 28 to the Highland Park Bridge/Aspinwall (Exit 6) will close to traffic for 83 consecutive days.  Crews will conduct expansion dam and bearing replacement, concrete repairs, blasting and painting operations, drainage improvements, steel repairs, and an epoxy overlay on the deck. Ramp traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detour:

  • From northbound Route 28, take the RD Fleming Bridge/Sharpsburg (Exit 5A) off-ramp
  • Continue straight at the stop sign
  • Bear right onto North Main Street (Route 1001)
  • North Main Street becomes Main Street
  • Main Street becomes Freeport Road
  • Take the ramp to the Highland Park Bridge
  • End detour

Alternate Detour:

  • From northbound Route 28, continue past the closed ramp
  • Take the Fox Chapel Road/Waterworks Drive/Freeport Road (Exit 8) off-ramp
  • Bear left toward Fox Chapel Road
  • At the stop sign, turn left onto Fox Chapel Road
  • Turn left onto the ramp to southbound Route 28
  • From southbound Route 28 take the left-hand off-ramp to South 8/Highland Park Bridge/Aspinwall (Exit 6)
  • End detour

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Route 28 traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Route 28” in the subject line.


Northbound Freeport Road Ramp to the Highland Park Bridge Permanent Closure to Traffic Will Begin on July 26, 2021

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the permanent closure of the ramp from northbound Freeport Road to the Highland Park Bridge in Sharpsburg Borough, Allegheny County, will be implemented Monday morning, July 26 weather permitting.

Beginning at approximately 9 a.m. on Monday, the ramp from northbound Freeport Road to the Highland Park Bridge will permanently close to traffic.  The closed ramp will be utilized as a pedestrian detour while the structure over Freeport Road is reconstructed. Future phases of construction to the Freeport Road/Highland Park Bridge interchange will accommodate traffic in both directions of Freeport Road. In the meantime, northbound Freeport Road traffic to the Highland Park Bridge will be detoured.

Posted Detour:

Northbound Freeport Road to the Highland Park Bridge

  • From northbound Freeport Road, continue past the permanently closed ramp
  • Turn left onto Fox Chapel Road
  • Turn left onto the ramp to southbound Route 28 toward Pittsburgh
  • Take the left-hand ramp to South 8 Highland Park Bridge/Aspinwall (Exit 6)
  • Follow the ramp to the Highland Park Bridge
  • End detour

Additionally, single-lane restrictions will occur in both directions of Freeport Road at the overhead structure at the Highland Park Bridge. Crews will conduct reconstruction work on the structure, ramp reconstruction work, and utility work.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Route 28 traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Route 28” in the subject line.


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