The bridge and the northbound (inbound) Liberty Tunnel will be closed through 11 a.m. Sunday. See below for separate overnight closures at the Liberty Interchange (Routes 51 and 19).
Crews also will use the closure to repair an expansion joint that crosses the full width of the bridge, possibly eliminating the need for a full closure later in the $80 million bridge rehabilitation project.
The fire occurred after slag from a steel-cutting operation on the bridge deck fell onto improperly stored plastic ventilation pipe on a platform below. The bridge was closed for 24 days while a team of experts from across the country designed a temporary repair.
Other traffic restrictions:
Interstate 376/Moon, Findlay — Intermittent single-lane restrictions between Beaver County line and the McClaren Road (Exit 56) interchange, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. westbound and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastbound as crews from Swank Construction begin median crossover work as part of the $66.3 million reconstruction project.
▪ Lane closures near eastbound ramps between Business Loop 376/Flaugherty Run and Clinton Road adjacent to eastbound I-376 for concrete patching and roadway rehabilitation work, through April 5.
Interstate 279/Parkway North — Beginning Monday, lane closures in each direction between the Fort Duquesne Bridge and just north of the Camp Horne Road interchange as crews begin preparations for a $87.9 million improvement project in Ohio Township, Ross and Pittsburgh.
▪ Northbound (outbound) - Left or right lane closure weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day; weekend from 8 p.m. Friday night continuously through 6 a.m. Monday.
▪ Southbound (inbound) – Left lane closure weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day; weekend from 8 p.m. Friday night continuously through 6 a.m. Monday.
The project includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, HOV repairs, sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange. Work will occur in the southbound direction this year; a crossover and use of the HOV lanes for southbound traffic will occur this year.
Reedsdale Street — The Reedsdale Street tunnel that carries traffic from the North shore to the southbound Fort Duquesne Bridge, northbound Route 65, and Ridge Avenue, will close at 6 a.m. Monday through April 7. Crews will conduct tunnel wall and ceiling concrete repairs.
Warrendale Bayne Road, Marshall — Lane closures as part of a $1.28 million road improvement project will last through October:
Intermittent single-lane alternating traffic will occur as needed on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. as crews conduct the work at intersection with Brush Creek Road/southbound I-79 on-ramp, and at intersection with Innovation Drive. A single lane in each direction will be maintained during peak travel times. The southbound I-79 ramp will remain open during construction.
Crews from Frank J. Zottola Construction, Inc. will conduct roadway widening, milling and paving, drainage improvements, sidewalk improvements, signal upgrades and pavement marking installation.
Route 65/Ohio River Boulevard -— PennDOT has announced long-term lane restrictions on northbound Route 65/Ohio River Boulevard as part of a $25.3 million improvement project:
▪ A lane will be closed from Fort Duquesne Bridge to the West End Bridge and from West End Bridge to the McKees Rocks Bridge. Around-the-clock closure lasts through Sept. 7. Two 11-foot lanes will be maintained. Work will include concrete patching, an asphalt overlay, bridge reconstruction, base repairs, drainage and guide rail updates, new signs, retaining wall repairs and pavement-marking installation.
▪ The Beaver Avenue ramp/tunnel to southbound Route 65 is closed around-the-clock through April 6.
▪ Also, Route 65 southbound over Eckert Street will be closed for bridge inspections through March 20. A single-lane restriction will be in effect weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as crews from the Larson Design Group conduct the routine inspections.
Glenwood Bridge — The next phase of the $17 million Glenwood Bridge interchange rehabilitation project involves the following restrictions:
▪ Around-the-clock single-lane restriction through November in each direction of Route 885 for bridge work over the northbound Route 837 ramp to southbound Route 885. One lane of Route 885 will remain open in each direction.
▪ Southbound Route 837 ramp to northbound Route 885 will be closed to traffic around-the-clock through late July. Traffic will be detoured.
▪ Around-the-clock single-lane closure on northbound Route 885 in the area of the closed southbound Route 837 ramp to northbound Route 885, through November. One lane will remain open on northbound Route 885.
▪ Weeknight closures of southbound Route 837 to southbound Route 885 and Glass Run Road through March 17.
▪ Route 837 traffic to southbound Route 885 will detoured at the Hot Metal Bridge, but southbound Route 837 traffic may continue to Becks Run Road.
▪ Also, four weekend closures will occur. PennDOT says more information will be provided once the closures are scheduled.
Liberty Bridge/Tunnel — The Liberty Bridge will be closed in both directions while crews make permanent repairs to the structure. The closure is scheduled from 3 p.m. Saturday through 11 a.m. Sunday. At the same time, the inbound, northern lanes of the Liberty Tunnel will be closed.
▪ Liberty Tunnel overnight closures, one direction at a time, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for inspections, on the following schedule: Outbound (southbound), March 26-30; inbound (northbound) March 19-22.
▪ Single lanes closed on Liberty Bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays in each direction. Lane restrictions on the Liberty Bridge will be coordinated with events at the PPG Paints Arena.
▪ I-376/Parkway East — Lane closures in each direction in the Liberty Bridge area from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights.
▪ Boulevard of the Allies — An outbound right-hand lane closure between Grant Street and the ramp to the Liberty Bridge, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The ramp will remain open to traffic.
▪ On Second Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays in each direction between Municipal Court Drive and Ross Street.
Liberty Interchange (Routes 51 and 19) — Overnight closures as part of a $4.3 million improvement project of the south portal of the Liberty Tunnel at Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) and Route 19 (West Liberty Avenue) interchange. Work will occur weeknights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on weekends from 8 p.m. Friday night continuously through 5 a.m. Monday morning, through July, in the following locations:
▪ Route 51 between Bausman Street and Crane Avenue
▪ Route 19 between Pioneer Avenue and the Liberty Tunnel
The following ramps will be closed: Northbound Route 19 ramp to southbound Route 51 will close for 13 days
▪ Southbound Route 19 ramp to southbound Route 51 will close for 11 days
▪ Southbound Route 51 ramp to Route 19 will close for two nights
Also, work will occur on bridges carrying Route 51 over Route 19 through April. A crossover takes southbound Route 51 traffic over the northbound Route 51 bridge. Northbound Route 51 traffic will be required to take the ramp to the Liberty Tunnel, continue straight across Route 19 to re-enter northbound Route 51.
Gulisek Construction is the prime contractor.
Gass Road, Ross — A new traffic pattern for motorists traveling Gass Road near Highland Avenue. The state has installed stops sign at the intersection in both directions and the police department is urging drivers to use caution while navigating through the intersection.
Route 19/Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon — Single-lane alternating traffic between Beverly Road and Washington Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays through April 28. Crews from Lindy Paving continuing work on $2.79 million improvement project.
Indiana Township -—Little Deer Creek Valley Road closed for slide remediation work through May 6, between Krnyevich Lane and Lefever Hill Road/Log Cabin Road.
Franklin Park — Big Sewickley Creek Road Bridge closed for deck replacement between Rochester Road and Warrendale Bayne Road. Around-the-clock closure through April 27. Traffic detours are posted.
North Versailles — East Pittsburgh McKeesport Boulevard lane closures between Westinghouse Street and Maryland Avenue, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 28.
Noblestown Road, Collier -— Single-lane restriction from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Pinkerton Run Road and Nike Site Road. Crews from Pennsylvania Drilling Co. will conduct pavement drilling and research activities.
Clifton Road, Bethel Park — Gas line work will restrict the road to single-lane, alternating traffic between Kings School Road and Brush Run Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 15. Also single-lane alternating traffic on Irishtown Road/Braun Road during the same period.
Gilkeson Road, Mt. Lebanon — Gas line work causing single-lane restrictions between Route 19 and Old Gilkeson Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through April 28. One lane in each direction will be maintained at all times. Crews from M. O’Herron Co. will conduct the work.
Andy Warhol Bridge — Closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic through November as part of $25.4 million rehabilitation project. The Rachel Carson Bridge (9th Street) will be used as a detour. The detour also will reroute about 350 Port Authority buses a day to Carson, according to the Port Authority. The detoured routes will be routes 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 and the O5. The Carson Bridge is expected to be rehabbed in 2018 and the Clemente Bridge in 2020.
Wabash Tunnel — The Federal Transit Administration is allowing the HOV waiver will remain in place permanently to allow vehicles with fewer than two occupants to use the tunnel during peak hours, alleviating possible congestion on other roads caused by the Liberty Bridge rehabilitation project. The Wabash Tunnel, which opened as a commuter tunnel in December 2004, provides a shortcut for motorists from Route 51 to the South Side and Downtown Pittsburgh.
East Pennview Street, Shaler — Closed for bridge replacement. Pine Creek Bridge No. 11, about a quarter mile west of the intersection of Pennview and Route 8, through the spring.
Snow travel tools:
Pittsburgh — Before heading out, motorists can check the City of Pittsburgh’s Snow Plow Tracker to see which streets have been cleared. Updates will also be shared via Twitter: @pghdpw, @pgh311 and @citypgh.
Pa. Turnpike — For conditions on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, check out www.paturnpike.com and check the “Current Alerts” ticker at the top for restrictions.
511PAConnect — Provides information updates to motorists via automated phone or text message in the event of a long-term road closure due to accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or other state roadways. Only activated during prolonged, emergency roadway stoppages that are expected to last four or more hours. Also gives emergency crews a clearer picture of who is in a trapped vehicle and where they are, so agencies can better plan use of resources.
Affected travelers will be instructed to visit 511PAConnect.com to register for closure updates by providing their phone number and other information such as the type of vehicle and number of occupants.
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