The traffic nightmare caused by three packed weekend events and the inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel closure ended Saturday night but the pains are expected to last through the weekend.
Traffic backups that started early Saturday morning began to ease up by around 5 p.m. when PennDOT estimated it would take motorists nearly an hour -- 57 minutes -- to travel from the Churchill interchange west to Edgewood. Only an hour earlier, the wait time for the same stretch of road peaked at an estimated 75 minutes.
The delays came on an inconvenient day for thousands of motorists traveling to a sold-out Penguins playoff game at Consol Energy Center, a Pirates game at PNC Park and a Brad Paisley concert at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown. All of the events started between 7 and 8 p.m.
The tunnel closure had traffic backed up on the Parkway East to Route 8 by 10 a.m. Saturday. By 11 a.m., the back-up had reached past Woodlawn Cemetery.
The inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday, with traffic herded into a single lane and forced off at Edgewood-Swissvale for a detour that follows South Braddock and Forbes avenues through Squirrel Hill.
The tunnel closures are due to an ongoing $49.5 million rehabilitation project.
The outbound Liberty Tunnel will be closed from 10 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday. The inbound tunnel is closed all day, with reopening scheduled for 6 a.m. Monday.
First Published June 1, 2013 10:00 AM