Motorists who use West Carson Street/Route 51 on Pittsburgh’s South Side will face two traffic disruptions beginning today through the end of the month as crews remove a railroad bridge.
The first is a long-term closure of the outbound ramp that carries West Carson under the West End Bridge to Route 51. That ramp will be closed through Jan. 31 while crews from Swank Construction Co. continue work to remove an abandoned Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. bridge.
Instead of using the bypass under the bridge, which begins near Musk Way, motorists who want to go from West Carson to Route 51 will have to go through the West End Circle, said Steve Cowan, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s District 11. West Carson was closed in both directions for a weekend last month when crews started the project.
PennDOT is having the bridge removed because it “poses a safety concern,” Mr. Cowan said last month, and the railroad doesn’t consider it a priority. Swank Construction Co. has a $1 million contract to remove the bridge that crosses West Carson near the West End Circle.
The second disruption, a bit farther away from the city, will close West Carson in both directions weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Corliss Street and the West End Circle.
The detour for that work will take outbound motorists across the West End Bridge to Route 65 north to the McKees Rocks Bridge and back to Route 51.
Southbound traffic will turn right on Corliss, left on Chartiers, left on Steuben and follow signs back to the West End Circle.
The work is part of a three-year, $39 million reconstruction of West Carson by general contractor Lane Construction Co.
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