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Fort Pitt Tunnel Inspections Begin Sunday Night, 11/15, and Will Continue Through Thursday Night, 11/19

PennDOT District 11 is announcing inspection activities in the Fort Pitt Tunnel in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Sunday night, November 15.

Inspection activities requiring the closure of the Fort Pitt Tunnel will occur from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. according to the following schedule:

  • Sunday night, November 15 – Inbound (eastbound) closure
  • Monday night, November 16 – Inbound (eastbound) closure
  • Tuesday night, November 17 – Outbound (westbound) closure
  • Wednesday night, November 18 – Outbound (westbound) closure
  • Thursday night, November 19 – Outbound (westbound) closure

Traffic will be detoured. The posted detours are as follows:

Inbound (Eastbound)

  • From eastbound (inbound) I-376 (Parkway West), take the ramp to North US 19/Route 51 West End (Exit 69C)
  • Follow North Route 19/51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) toward West End Bridge/Downtown
  • Exit towards Route 51/Route 837 toward McKees Rocks/West End
  • Stay in right lane to South Route 837/East I-376 toward Downtown
  • Continue on southbound Route 837 (West Carson Street)
  • Take the ramp to East I-376/North I-279 onto the Fort Pitt Bridge
  • End detour

Outbound (Westbound)

    • From the Fort Pitt Bridge, traffic will take the ramp to North Route 837/Route 51 West End (Exit 69C)
    • Follow Route 837 (West Carson Street) to the West End Circle
    • Turn left onto southbound Route 19/51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) toward the Airport
    • From Route 19/51, take the ramp West 376/South 19 toward Carnegie/Airport
    • Take the ramp to West 376 toward Carnegie/Airport
    • End detour

Inspection work will continue in late November. Information will be provided in advance of the start of the work. Crews from Gannett Fleming and Markosky Engineering will conduct the work.


Route 51, Saw Mill Run Boulevard, Will Have Daytime Single-Lane Restrictions In Both Directions This Week, 11/16 – 11/20

PennDOT District 11 is announcing lane restrictions on Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Monday through Friday, November 16-20 weather permitting.

Single-lane restrictions will occur in both directions of Route 51 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day between I-376 and West Liberty Avenue. Crews from A. Folino Construction will conduct attenuator repairs, guide rail installation and fiber optic repair work. Motorists should use caution when traveling through the corridor.


Route 837, East Carson Street, Restrictions & Closures Begin on Monday, 8/10, and Continue In Various Locations Through Late November 2020

PennDOT District 11 is announcing traffic restrictions on East Carson Street (Route 837) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will continue Monday, August 10 weather permitting.

Currently the following restrictions are in place:

  • South 15th Street closed around-the-clock between East Carson Street and Bingham Street due to a water main break;
  • South 17th Street closed to traffic weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for fire hydrant work.

Beginning on Monday, August 10 pavement rehabilitation work requiring the around-the-clock closures of South 15th Street and South 17th Street between East Carson Street and Bingham Street will begin at 6:30 a.m. and continue through early September. Motorists may use South 18th Street and South 13th Street during the closures. East Carson Street will remain open with single-lane restrictions in the area.

Single-lane restrictions will continue on East Carson Street between Arlington Avenue and Ninth Street weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through late November. The eastbound lane closure remains between Arlington Avenue and Seventh Street around-the-clock for sidewalk improvements, requiring eastbound traffic to use the center lane. Currently, parking is not permitted on East Carson Street between First Street and Seventh Street.

Additionally, parking and sidewalk restrictions will continue on East Carson Street between Fifth Street and 22nd Street around-the-clock. Traffic will be maintained in each direction throughout the work zone and parking spaces may temporarily be blocked in various locations as needed while work to occurs.

Golden Triangle Construction is the prime contractor. The $16.31 million project includes milling and resurfacing, signage and signal upgrades, concrete pavement patching, drainage, guide rail, ADA ramps, curb and sidewalk, pavement markings and other miscellaneous construction along the 2.5 mile stretch of East Carson Street between the Smithfield Street Bridge and 33rd Street. Additionally, pedestrian enhancement accommodations (including bump-outs, high visibility crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals) will be incorporated.

Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.


Fort Pitt Tunnel Maintenance Work To Cause Single-Lane Restrictions In Both Directions Beginning on Sunday Night, 11/8, and Continuing Through Sunday Night, 11/22

PennDOT District 11 is announcing maintenance activities in the Fort Pitt Tunnel in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Sunday night, November 8.

Single-lane restrictions will occur in both directions of the Fort Pitt Tunnel Sunday through Thursday nights through Sunday night, November 22. Crews will conduct lighting replacement work.


Hot Metal Bridge Widening Work Set to Begin Next Week, on Tuesday Morning, 9/8, and Traffic Shifts and Lane Narrowing to Extend Around-the-Clock Through Late November 2020

PennDOT District 11 is announcing work to add turning lanes on the Hot Metal Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Tuesday, September 8 weather permitting.

Work to widen the Hot Metal Bridge at the Second Avenue intersection will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. Traffic shifts and lane narrowing will occur around-the-clock through late November as crews from Allison Park Contractors conduct the work. A single 11-foot wide lane will be maintained in each direction on the bridge.


Westbound Lane Closure and Single-Lane Restrictions To Occur On Route 837, East Carson Street, Between Arlington Ave. and Seventh St. Around-the-Clock Lane Shift Begins Monday, 11/2, and Continue Through Late January 2021

PennDOT District 11 is announcing a lane shift on East Carson Street (Route 837) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will begin Monday, November 2 weather permitting.

A westbound lane closure will occur on East Carson Street between Arlington Avenue and Seventh Street around-the-clock starting at noon Monday while crews conduct sidewalk improvements. Westbound traffic will use the center lane, while eastbound traffic will continue through the eastbound lane. Parking will not be permitted on East Carson Street between First Street and Seventh Street.

Single-lane restrictions will continue on East Carson Street between Arlington Avenue and Ninth Street weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through late January. Additionally, parking and sidewalk restrictions will continue on East Carson Street between Fifth Street and 22nd Street around-the-clock. Traffic will be maintained in each direction throughout the work zone and parking spaces may temporarily be blocked in various locations as needed while work to occurs.

Golden Triangle Construction is the prime contractor. The $16.31 million project includes milling and resurfacing, signage and signal upgrades, concrete pavement patching, drainage, guide rail, ADA ramps, curb and sidewalk, pavement markings and other miscellaneous construction along the 2.5 mile stretch of East Carson Street between the Smithfield Street Bridge and 33rd Street. Additionally, pedestrian enhancement accommodations (including bump-outs, high visibility crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals) will be incorporated.

Additionally, to help keep motorists informed, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for East Carson Street traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to ymanyisha@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – East Carson Street” in the subject line.


Port Authority Buses, Light Rail Service Detoured Around Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel Beginning Wednesday Morning, 1/8

Due to landslides caused by stormwater runoff, all Port Authority traffic will be detoured around the Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel effective immediately. The Port Authority announced the news on Tuesday. A landslide is currently blocking the tracks.

Starting Wednesday morning, inbound light rail service will operate on the tracks that run through the Allentown neighborhood. The outbound light rail service will operate through the Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel on the inbound tracks.

Riders traveling outbound from Station Square or South Hills Junction can board the rail from the inbound platforms. A rail shuttle will also run on the outbound platforms between Station Square to First Avenue Station. Riders should expect delays and know that some stops may be temporarily discontinued or not be served at this time.

More information will be provided about the length of this detour as Port Authority releases additional press release and detour updates.


Route 837, East Carson Street, Safety Improvement Project Pre-construction Work Underway and Will Continue Through the Start of Construction in Early April 2021

PennDOT District 11 is announcing preparatory work on the East Carson Street (Route 837) Safety Improvement Project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County is underway.

Crews are conducting preparatory work including survey control and inlet and utility markings along East Carson Street in various locations between the Smithfield Street Bridge and 33rd Street. During these pre-construction activities, traffic will not be impacted. Construction work on the project is anticipated to begin in early April.

Additional details on traffic restrictions will be provided prior to the start of physical work. PennDOT has received input from the City of Pittsburgh, South Side Community Council and local businesses prior to the construction process.

The $16.31 million project includes milling and resurfacing, signage and signal upgrades, concrete pavement patching, drainage, guide rail, ADA ramps, curb and sidewalk, pavement markings and other miscellaneous construction along the 2.5 mile stretch of East Carson Street. Additionally, pedestrian enhancement accommodations (including bump-outs, high visibility crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals) will be incorporated.

When physical work begins, traffic impacts will include daylight off-peak, overnight, and weekend lane restrictions. The overall project will conclude in the Spring 2022. Golden Triangle Construction is the prime contractor. Motorists should use caution when traveling through the area.


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