Outbound Liberty Tunnel closure causes rush-hour traffic jams

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Look on the bright side: You survived the first afternoon rush hour during which the outbound Liberty Tunnel was closed. Nine more to go.

Especially during the first few days of the closure, motorists should anticipate back-ups as they travel from Downtown into the South Hills, said Steve Cowan, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

Traffic was still backed across the Liberty Bridge to the on-ramp from Crosstown Boulevard as of 7 p.m.

The closed tunnel is getting a fresh coat of paint, work that will affect 18,400 drivers who use the outbound tunnel on a typical weekday. It is scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. July 28.

The principal detour for outbound traffic is to turn right at McArdle Roadway to Merrimac and Woodruff streets in Mount Washington to reach Route 51.

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