Inbound Route 28 to get new traffic pattern near 31st Street Bridge next week

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Inbound Route 28 traffic will encounter a new traffic pattern that splits the two lanes near the 31st Street Bridge starting Wednesday, PennDOT announced this morning.

The left lane will take traffic to the North Shore and ramps to Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard and the Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt bridges. All traffic in the right lane must exit at East Ohio Street.

To make the change, inbound Route 28 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, when the new pattern is scheduled to take effect.

A previous split of the inbound lanes during ongoing construction caused major backups, and PennDOT said this change also may lead to congestion as motorists hesitate about which lane to use. It urged drivers to allow others to merge.

The work is part of the $15.4 million final phase of Route 28 construction.

Jon Schmitz: or 412-263-1868. Visit the PG's transportation blog, The Roundabout, at Twitter: @pgtraffic.

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