Construction season will move into a higher gear today as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Allegheny County begin or expand several road and bridge projects.
Three PennDOT repaving projects that begin today are a direct result of the transportation funding law that the Legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett approved last fall.
"The resurfacing of these roadways is just the beginning of much needed improvements that our district will deliver," said Dan Cessna, district executive.
Milling and repaving will begin on Route 30 in Findlay between the Beaver County line and Burgettstown Road, restricting traffic to one lane in each direction where there are four lanes and alternating one-way traffic in the two-lane section. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
On Route 51, work will occur during the same hours between Neville Avenue in Stowe and West Carson Street in Esplen, with alternating one-way traffic on the Island Avenue and Chartiers Avenue sections and single-lane traffic on Stanhope Street.
Both projects are scheduled for completion in December.
Repaving will begin on Route 910-Gibsonia Road in Pine and Richland, between Pearce Mill Road and Hardt Road, causing alternating one-way traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, with some weekend work possible. The project will stretch to Sept. 1.
Some drivers in Scott will face a possible double whammy.
The southbound lane in a section of Bower Hill Road will close this morning for continuing construction, Allegheny County announced.
The closure will be from Painters Run to McLaughlin Run roads and continue around the clock from 7 a.m. today through early August.
Southbound traffic bound for Route 50 will be detoured via Vanadium Road, which also will have a traffic restriction for work on the bridge over Chartiers Creek on Montgomery Avenue.
Traffic on westbound Painters Run will be directed to turn left at McMillan Road and use McLaughlin Run Road to reach Bower Hill.
County public works officials said in a statement they are aware of the possible conflict of the road and bridge projects in Scott and "will have people in the field ... to evaluate the situation.
We are prepared to determine if we have to change working hours or the detour route due to major delays."
The Vanadium Road-Montgomery Avenue work is one of six county bridge projects that are starting.
McClaren Run No. 1 bridge at Cliff Mine Road in Findlay will be reduced to single-lane traffic in both directions at 7 a.m., continuing through November. Eastbound drivers who would turn left at Aten Road will have a detour.
Flaggers will direct alternating one-way traffic at five other spans from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through November: Chartiers Creek Bridge No. 2 on Windgap Avenue in McKees Rocks and Pittsburgh's Windgap neighborhood; Chartiers No. 4, Arch and Chestnut streets, Carnegie; Chartiers No. 16, Hammond Street, Carnegie; Chartiers No. 17, Montgomery Avenue and Vanadium Road, Scott; and Oakwood Run No. 3, Oakwood Road in the city's Oakwood section.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all sites.
Jon Schmitz: email@example.com or 412-263-1868. Visit the PG's transportation blog, The Roundabout, at www.post-gazette.com/Roundabout.