Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tough Travels Construction Jamming on Route 28, Parkway East This Weekend

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tough Travels Construction Jamming on Route 28, Parkway East This Weekend

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People in the Allegheny Valley will face multiple challenges if they want to travel to Pittsburgh International Airport or other points west this weekend.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is closing inbound Route 28, restricting southbound traffic on the Portal Bridge at Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh and closing the McKees Rocks Bridge this weekend.

Restrictions also will be in effect on the Parkway East today and Saturday.

Inbound Route 28 will close at Millvale at 8 p.m. today for slab and bridge bearing work that cannot be done with traffic on the road. The detour will use the off- and on-ramps at the Millvale interchange. Previous weekend closures there have produced significant delays at times. The work will be completed by 5 a.m. Monday.

PennDOT expects to close Route 28 for the same period next weekend, spokesman Jim Struzzi said.

On the side of the Portal Bridge that carries traffic from the Fort Duquesne Bridge to the Fort Pitt Bridge, lane restrictions will be in place during resurfacing starting at 10 p.m. today and concluding by 5 a.m. Monday.

PennDOT will close the McKees Rocks Bridge from 9 p.m. today until about 4 p.m. Saturday while it puts down lane markers for a reconfiguration of the traffic pattern going east toward Route 65.

Currently, two lanes on the bridge approach the signal at Route 65, with an off-ramp on the right for traffic heading for southbound 65. That traffic gets a yield sign and must merge with vehicles already on the mainline.

PennDOT is changing that because of numerous crashes there, District 11 traffic engineer Todd Kravits said.

The new pattern will create a third eastbound lane on the bridge several hundred feet before the traffic signal for those turning right. Instead of a yield, those drivers will get a traffic light for the turn onto Route 65. Right turns will not be permitted on red, Mr. …

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