New traffic pattern begins at Rankin Bridge

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A new traffic pattern was scheduled to begin today at the Rankin Bridge to accommodate construction of a flyover connection to the Carrie Furnace property.

Barriers will narrow travel lanes in both directions on Ridge Avenue approaching the bridge and on ramps to and from Kenmawr Avenue, according to the Allegheny County Public Works Department.

No ramps or lanes will be closed long-term, but there may be temporary traffic stoppages, said Jeanna Fisher, county construction engineering project manager. The project is expected to be completed next spring.

The county received a $10 million federal grant to build the Carrie Furnace Connector Road over three rail lines to improve access and stimulate development of a 168-acre site adjacent to the blast furnaces, which are a historic landmark.

The project also calls for intersection realignment, road reconstruction and improvements to drainage, curbs, sidewalks and traffic signals.

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