Construction Guide, 10/15/2006

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SPECIAL NOTES
Deer alert -- 'Tis the season for deer on the move, increasing the possibility of collisions with the animals. Most occur between dusk and dawn. To report dead deer on state-maintained roads, call 800- 349-7623.

PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE
Findlay Connector -- The 6.5-mile toll road between Route 22, Robinson, Washington County, and Route 60 at Pittsburgh International Airport opened on Wednesday. Signed as "PA Turnpike 576," it's the first section of a proposed Southern Beltway. The toll for cars is 50 cents. E-ZPass accepted.

INTERSTATES
I-79, Allegheny County -- All three lanes are being opened today in both directions between Bridgeville and Crafton, including rehabilitated ramps at the Kirwan Heights, Carnegie and Parkway West interchanges. Some night work will continue on various ramps through early November. Also, some mainline lane closures overnight for project cleanup activities.

North of the I-79 bridges over the Ohio River, PennDOT has imposed various restrictions for the weekend, including a short detour for northbound traffic at Glenfield, part of a $9.9 million contract to prepare the site for a two-year rehabilitation starting in March. All restrictions are to be lifted by 6 a.m. tomorrow.

STATE HIGHWAYS
Route 8, Etna-Shaler -- Traffic using northbound lanes through area known as "Mae West Bend," one lane in each direction. Project to be done next month.

Route 8, Hampton -- Traffic being maintained on southbound side, one lane each way. New bridge over Pine Creek to be finished in December.

Route 22, Indiana County -- Construction on Penn View Mountain. Lane restrictions, changing traffic patterns.

Route 22, Westmoreland County -- Cozy Inn Bridge to Route 66, Delmont, one lane each way for reconstruction. Also, traffic restrictions for widening, reconstruction of four miles east of Route 981 in New Alexandria.

Route 31, Westmoreland County -- Eastbound climbing lane in Mount Pleasant Township closed, part of widening from three lanes to four. Expect delays this week while temporary concrete barriers are removed and milling and paving occur.

Route 60, Aliquippa -- Work supposed to be done last month will now last through November.

Route 65, Kilbuck -- Highway is reopened, two lanes southbound, one lane northbound, in Kilbuck, where landslide had closed the road almost two weeks at shopping plaza development site.

Route 119, Hempfield -- PennDOT said ongoing work between Willow Crossing and Greensburg is on schedule to be completed by Nov. 30.

OTHER ROADS
California Avenue, Pittsburgh -- Changing traffic patterns during replacement of 35-year-old bridge over Route 65.

Grant Avenue, Etna -- Bridge carrying Grant over Pine Creek closed through November while a two-lane, two-way bridge is built, part of Route 8 Mae West Bend project.

McKnight Road, Ross -- Off-peak restrictions continue for $2.7 million resurfacing and improvement project at the McKnight/Exit 11 interchange.

Morganza Road, Canonsburg -- Single lane restrictions Oct. 23-24 while PennDOT repairs a small bridge between Adams Avenue and Weavertown Road.

Warrendale-Bayne Road, Marshall -- Traffic through the TECH 21 Research Park intersection to experience intermittent lane closures through July 2007 for widening, traffic signals, other work in proximity to Route 19 and I-79 at Warrendale.

MAJOR BRIDGES
31st Street Bridge, Pittsburgh -- Closed for rehabilitation. Use 40th Street Bridge or 16th Street Bridge. Completion is next October.

Freeport Bridge -- Three-ton weight limit will remain in place until early December on the main span over Allegheny River.

Homestead Grays Bridge -- Upstream lanes closed. Fifth Avenue ramp open for right turn only.

Hot Metal Bridge -- Work under way to convert the second of two bridges over the Mon River into a bike-pedestrian crossing.

PORT AUTHORITY
South Hills disruption -- Five more weeks of detours and delays for light-rail and bus riders who travel through South Hills Junction and Mount Washington Transit Tunnel. Port Authority doing track, concrete roadway and overhead wire repairs.

Rack 'n' Roll -- Four routes have been added to the program that enables bicyclists to load their bikes on a special rack on the front of buses. The routes are 26A Ingram-Sheridan, 26D Chartiers City, 56C McKeesport-Lincoln Place and 59U South Side Works-Oakland-Waterfront. This brings to 12 the number of selected bus routes in the program.

RESOURCES
Port Authority

412-442-2000

www.portauthority.org

PennDOT complaints

1-800-FIX-ROAD

1-888-LITTERBUG

PennDOT Web sites

www.dot.state.pa.us

www.dot.state.pa.us/district11

www.dmv.state.pa.us

Pa. Turnpike

www.paturnpike.com

1-800-331-3414

Pittsburgh Parking

www.pittsburghparking.com

www.alcoparking.com

Bicycling

www.atatrail.org

www.railtrails.org

www.bike-pgh.org

www.pedalpittsburgh.org

Airport info, updates

www.flypittsburgh.com

Oakland transportation info

www.otma-pgh.org

Amtrak

www.amtrak.com

Car-van pools

www.commuteinfo.org

Coming to town?

www.post-gazette.com

www.downtownpittsburgh.com

Airport Corridor Transportation Ass'n.

www.acta-pgh.org



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