Section of Parkway East in Downtown to close for weekend

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A segment of the westbound Parkway East in Downtown will be closed for construction this weekend, weather permitting, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

All westbound lanes will be closed at 10 p.m. Friday from Grant Street to the approach to the Fort Pitt Bridge. To assist traffic flow on the detour route, several ramps also will close. The restrictions will be lifted by 5 a.m. Monday.

PennDOT warned that significant delays are likely and suggested that drivers find alternate routes.

Traffic on the eastbound parkway mainline will not be restricted.

Westbound drivers will be channeled into a single lane before Grant Street and required to exit there. Drivers headed to the Fort Pitt Bridge will use Fort Pitt Boulevard and the Stanwix Street on-ramp to return to the parkway.

PennDOT is suggesting that drivers headed for the Parkway North consider exiting at the Boulevard of the Allies (72B) and use Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard and the Veterans Bridge.

These ramps also will close at 10 p.m. Friday and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday:

¬タᄁ Grant Street on-ramp to westbound Parkway East. This will be closed because it feeds into the construction zone. Traffic will be detoured via Fort Pitt Boulevard to the Stanwix on-ramp.

¬タᄁ Eastbound Parkway East off-ramp to Grant Street. It will be closed to allow better flow on the westbound detour. PennDOT recommends that drivers continue straight after crossing the Fort Pitt Bridge -- instead of veering right on the parkway ramp -- and use the Boulevard of the Allies to Grant Street.

¬タᄁ Boulevard of the Allies on-ramp to westbound Parkway East. It will close to allow mainline traffic to merge into one lane in advance of the detour. Drivers are directed to stay on the boulevard to the ramp to northbound I-579, use the Seventh Avenue ramp, turn left on Grant Street and right on Fort Pitt Boulevard to reach the Stanwix on-ramp.

¬タᄁ Smithfield Street ramp to Grant Street; closed to aid flow on detour route. Traffic coming off the Smithfield Street Bridge will continue straight to the Boulevard of the Allies and turn right to reach Grant.

Police officers will be stationed at key intersections to monitor traffic.

Crews will patch concrete, replace slabs and resurface the construction area.

PennDOT is spending $8.7 million this year to resurface about 26 ramps and road segments that connect the Golden Triangle with interstate highways.

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Jon Schmitz: or 412-263-1868. Visit the PG's transportation blog, The Roundabout, at Twitter: @pgtraffic. First Published May 10, 2012 12:00 AM


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