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ATTENTION: PennDOT Temporarily Reduces Speed Limits on Several Area Roadways on Monday, 2/15

Due to the severity of the winter storm, PennDOT is temporarily reducing the speed limit on several roadways in the region.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

Allegheny County:

  • Interstates 79, 376 (Parkways East and West), 279 (Parkway North), and 579
  • State Route 28

Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 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 accessible on the 511PA website.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.


Route 837, East Carson Street, Single-Lane Restrictions To Continue Between Arlington Ave and 22nd St On Weekdays Through Late August 2021

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

Single-lane restrictions will continue on East Carson Street between Arlington Avenue and 22nd Street weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through late August. 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.


Motorists can check conditions on major roadways 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 770 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 accessible on the 511PA website.

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