Drivers in the construction zone on West Carson Street should be getting relief soon from the potholes in the narrow travel lane, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman said.
Motorists reported long delays during morning rush hours this week because vehicles had to slow down to reduce the impact of hitting the potholes. The single open lane between the Corliss Tunnel and West End Bridge, with concrete barriers on both sides, is too narrow to allow drivers to go around the holes.
PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said Lane Construction, the contractor on the project that is responsible for maintaining the road, was patching potholes on Thursday with cold mixture, and would reopen its hot-mix asphalt plant next week, providing more lasting repairs to the pavement.
The $39 million project began last year and is expected to continue into August 2015. The road is closed to outbound traffic for the duration.