More work on Route 65 set to begin on Thursday
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A $9.4 million project to improve the Marshall Avenue interchange is scheduled to begin Thursday, the newest challenge to Route 65 drivers who have endured construction at several points along the highway this season.
Also, drivers will begin to see directional signs this week for the new Consol Energy Center, which opens Aug. 18 with a Paul McCartney concert and will be the Penguins' new home this fall.
The ramps from northbound Route 65 and Chateau Street to northbound Marshall Avenue will close at 9 a.m. Thursday for nearly a year, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced last week. The decks will be replaced and other repairs made to the structures.
Northbound Route 65 traffic will detour via the ramp to Western Avenue, to Allegheny Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Brighton Road.
Chateau Street traffic will detour via Columbus Avenue and Warner Street to California Avenue.
The ramp closures are the first phase of interchange improvements. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2011. The prime contractor is Mascaro Construction Co. of Manchester.
Crews tonight will be placing Consol Energy Center overlays on existing road signs for Mellon Arena. The work, which will continue through the end of the month, may cause temporary lane restrictions after 10 p.m. weeknights on these roads:
Boulevard of the Allies between Mercy Hospital and Duquesne University; westbound Parkway East between Bates Street/Oakland (Exit 73) and the Boulevard of the Allies (Exit 72); eastbound Parkway East from the Fort Pitt Bridge to Liberty Avenue (Exit 70); inbound Parkway West from Interstate 79 to Green Tree; inbound Liberty Bridge from the Liberty Tunnel to the on-ramps to Crosstown Boulevard; inbound Veterans Bridge/Crosstown Boulevard from the Allegheny River to the Sixth and Seventh avenue exits; and the inbound Parkway North from Ventura Avenue (Exit 4) to the Veterans Bridge.
First Published July 19, 2010 12:00 am