Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Parkway North Outbound Work Set to Begin Closures Begin Monday for Complicated Project

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Parkway North Outbound Work Set to Begin Closures Begin Monday for Complicated Project

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Beginning Monday, motorists who use Interstate 279/Parkway North to get out of Downtown Pittsburgh will face a series of traffic headaches through August with the second year of the $87.9 million project to rehabilitate the 30-year-old highway.

After a season of work on the southbound lanes last year, work switches to the northbound lanes between the North Side and Camp Horne Road, starting with the closure Monday of the HOV lanes. The lanes will remain closed until March 11 while crews prepare a crossover near the McKnight Road exit so northbound traffic can use the HOV lanes there.

Also March 11, barriers will be installed at the Perrysville Avenue interchange to allow one lane of northbound traffic to use the southbound lanes as an express route with no exits until just past Camp Horne Road. Motorists who want to exit at Perrysville, Bellevue/West View and Camp Horne will have to stay in the right, local lane.

Those are the first of a series of changes outlined Tuesday by Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, PennDOT's executive for District 11, that will challenge motorists trying to head north from the Downtown area during the construction season. Trumbull Corp. and Lindy Paving are the general contractors for the complicated project, which includes resurfacing the highway, upgrading 30 bridges and extending two entrance ramps to improve traffic flow.

Crews did similar work with similar changes in the traffic pattern on the southbound lanes last year.

"There's more work being done this year," Ms. Moon/Sirianni said. "We will probably have more impacts than last year.

"It's very difficult to conduct this project and maintain traffic. We're trying to minimize the effect our work is going to have."

One particular problem will be the closure of the southbound ramp from Route 65 onto I-279 from mid-April until mid-June for deck rehabilitation. Traffic probably will be detoured across the Fort Duquesne Bridge to Fort Duquesne Boulevard to the Rachel Carson Bridge, but that hasn't been finalized. …

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