Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Parkway North Rehab Begins Today Major Delays Come with 2-Year Project

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Parkway North Rehab Begins Today Major Delays Come with 2-Year Project

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Traffic disruptions begin Monday for about 53,000 motorists who use inbound Interstate 279/Parkway North as road crews prepare for a two-year, $87.9 million project to upgrade the highway between Camp Horne Road and the North Side.

This year's work will be concentrated on an 8.5-mile area on the southbound, inbound lanes, but another major restriction will be the elimination of the high-occupancy-vehicle lane for northbound traffic during this year's construction. That's because southbound traffic will be diverted to the HOV lane.

Once the preparation work is done, which is expected to be April 8 or later, crews will create a crossover before Camp Horne Road, where one lane of traffic will shift onto the northbound side of the highway and the other would remain on the inbound side. Traffic on the crossover will not be able to exit at Camp Horne, Bellevue/West View or Perrysville.

At Perrysville, traffic from the main inbound lane line and from the crossover lane both will be diverted to the HOV lane and continue on that roadway to a point south of McKnight Road. Motorists who get on the highway at McKnight Road will have one lane of traffic until it reaches the area where traffic from the HOV lane crosses back onto the main road.

"While it will be something very different than motorists are used to, there shouldn't be any mass confusion," said Steve Cowan, spokesman for District 11 of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

"We're taking the HOV lane out of use in the morning rush hour, so that's going to be different. I anticipate traffic moving much slower. The good thing is for a majority of the project we will keep two lanes of traffic open."

The evening rush hour outbound also is likely to be more congested because traffic won't be allowed to use the HOV lane, which will be exclusively for inbound traffic during construction. …

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