Construction to close certain ramps, Parkway sections

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Closure of a section of the Parkway East and five ramps are among the obstacles facing drivers traveling to and from Downtown Pittsburgh this weekend. Monday will bring the start of new road work and restrictions on Route 65.

The westbound side of the Parkway East will be closed from Grant Street to the Fort Pitt Bridge approach from 9 p.m. today to about noon on Saturday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced.

Construction there is part of an $8.7 million project to improve 26 ramps and connectors that link Downtown with interstate highways. Inbound traffic will be detoured via the Grant Street off-ramp and Fort Pitt Boulevard to the Stanwix Street ramp.

The ramp from Grant Street to the westbound parkway also will be closed.

Also part of that project, the ramps that connect the Fort Pitt Bridge to Commonwealth Place/Liberty Avenue and the Boulevard of the Allies will be closed from midnight today through 5 a.m. Monday.

The ramp from the 10th Street Bypass and Fort Duquesne Boulevard to the outbound Fort Pitt Bridge also will be closed starting tonight for resurfacing. The ramp will close at midnight and reopen by about 5 a.m. Monday.

PennDOT suggested two detours: Fort Duquesne Boulevard to Stanwix Street through Downtown to the parkway on-ramp at Stanwix and Fort Pitt Boulevard, or via the Fort Duquesne Bridge, West End Bridge and West End Bypass to the Parkway West.

The ramp from the Liberty Bridge to northbound Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard will be closed from 8 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Monday.

The detour is to continue past the closed ramp and turn right on Forbes Avenue, left onto Chatham Square and Washington Place and right on Bigelow Boulevard to the ramp to I-579.

Northbound traffic on the Veterans Bridge approach to the Parkway North will be restricted to a single lane during the same period. Crews will replace expansion dams as part of the continuing $36 million Veterans Bridge/I-579 rehabilitation project.

The inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel will be restricted to one lane from 9 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Saturday for continuing rehabilitation.

Banksville Road resurfacing also continues this weekend. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in both directions from Carnahan Road and Wenzell Avenue to Beverly Road.

There may be brief lane closures on the inbound lower deck of the Fort Duquesne Bridge during inspections from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday.

On Monday, a $5.1 million project to upgrade Route 65 in Emsworth, Sewickley, Edgeworth, Leetsdale and Ambridge will begin, weather permitting. It calls for resurfacing and work on drainage, guide rail, curbs, signs and signals on 4.5 miles of road.

The initial work between Camp Horne Road and Terrace Drive in Emsworth will reduce traffic to a single lane in both directions around the clock for about two weeks starting at 6 a.m. Monday.


Jon Schmitz: or 412-263-1868.


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