Mt. Lebanon intersection work will jam traffic on Route 19

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Traffic restrictions for a major reconstruction project will begin Monday on Route 19-Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will hold an informational meeting for the public on Monday night.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 710 Washington Road.

As the meeting begins, waterline relocation by Pennsylvania American Water will start, closing the northbound lanes of Washington Road from Gilkeson and Connor roads to Terrace Drive. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in both directions using the southbound side of the road starting at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and continuing until 5 a.m. the next day.

The official start of the $5.6 million PennDOT project is April 22. It calls for milling and resurfacing Washington Road from the intersection at Connor and Gilkeson to Alfred Street in the heart of the business district. It also will reconfigure the Connor-Gilkeson intersection, adding a second eastbound through lane from Gilkeson to Connor to eliminate a bottleneck.

Traffic signals will be upgraded at Washington Road intersections with Mt. Lebanon Boulevard; Longevue-Woodhaven-Crestvue Manor drives; Mayfair Drive; Main Entrance Drive; Cochran Road; Jefferson Drive; Castle Shannon Boulevard; Lebanon Avenue; Central Square; and Gilkeson-Connor, plus on Gilkeson at Galleria Drive.

A drainage problem on the northbound side of Route 19 just north of Gilkeson and Connor will be corrected with installation of about 2,000 feet of pipe. Water currently flows onto the road, creating a hazard in freezing weather.

The Monday meeting will focus on construction and traffic impacts that will occur as the project continues. PennDOT and the contractor, Lindy Paving, have been working to minimize impacts on traffic and on residences in the corridor.

No northbound lanes will be closed from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays; no southbound restrictions will occur from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Both directions are likely to have restrictions at other times, including from 6 p.m. Fridays through 6 a.m. Mondays.

Completion of the project is expected early next year.

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Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868.


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