On Saturday, for the first time in three years, riders heading north on Route 28 from Downtown will have two lanes to choose from.
In preparation to reopen the lane, PennDOT will detour southbound traffic today and Saturday across the 40th Street Bridge. Starting at 8 p.m. Friday and ending 5 p.m. Saturday, drivers will have to take the bridge, make a right turn on Butler Street and head straight onto Penn Avenue.
They'll then take the 16th Street Bridge back to the North Side.
Motorists heading north will see periodic stoppages of about 15 minutes tonight as road crews relocate signs.
The new lane will reopen Saturday, two days earlier than scheduled. The highway has been restricted to one lane between East Ohio Street and the 31st Street Bridge since 2010, causing untold amounts of caterwauling among motorists heading north.
"We are pleased to take the next step towards completion of this complicated and important project for the region," PennDOT district executive Dan Cessna said.
But don't get too excited: The lane will close again in December as the project enters its fifth and final stage, which includes repaving, reconstruction and new walls. This stage will take about a year, during which both southbound lanes will stay open.
So far, the $36.4 million project has improved an intersection at the 31st Street Bridge, replaced a section of the bridge and installed new road medians and signs, among other things.
First Published September 12, 2013 11:45 AM