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I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project 

 

 

Northbound I-279 Parkway North Overnight Lane Restrictions begin Wednesday Night in Pittsburgh

Madison Avenue On-ramp to Close Long-term

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing northbound overnight lane restrictions on the Parkway North (I-279) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will begin Wednesday night, July 18 weather permitting.

Overnight restrictions on northbound I-279 between the I-579 on-ramp and Suffolk Street Bridge will occur according to the following schedule: 

  • Wednesday, July 18 – Northbound I-279 left lane closure from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for barrier wall removal.

  • Thursday, July 19 – Northbound I-279 reduced to a single-lane of traffic from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for temporary pavement marking installation.  Additionally, the Madison Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-279 will close to traffic through late August and the I-579 on-ramp to northbound I-279 will be placed in a stop condition at the merge point during the overnight traffic switches through Tuesday night, July 24.

  • Friday and Saturday, July 20-21 – Northbound I-279 right lane closure from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night for barrier wall installation.

  • Monday and Tuesday, July 23-24 – Northbound I-279 right-lane closure from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night for barrier wall installation.

Posted Detour

Madison Avenue On-ramp to Northbound I-279

  • Continue northbound on Madison Avenue past the closed ramp

  • Madison Avenue becomes East Street

  • At Hazlett Street, take the ramp to northbound I-279

  • End detour

  

Northbound I-279 Parkway North Long-term Lane Restriction begins Monday Night in Pittsburgh

Southbound Route 65 Ramp to Northbound I-279 to Reopen Tuesday Morning

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing a long-term lane restriction on northbound I-279 (Parkway North) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will begin Monday night, June 18 weather permitting.

A long-term single-lane restriction will be implemented at 7 p.m. Monday night, June 18 between the Route 28 North (Exit 1D) Chestnut Street/East Ohio Street/Etna off-ramp and the I-579/I-279 merge point as crews conduct roadway reconstruction work. The long-term single-lane restriction will remain in place around-the-clock through Tuesday, August 14.

Motorists should expect significant delays and should consider alternate routes including:

  • From northbound I-279, take the Route 28 North (Exit 1D) Chestnut Street/East Ohio Street/Etna off-ramp

  • Take the ramp to North I-279 East Ohio Street

  • At the traffic light, continue straight onto Madison Avenue

  • Take the ramp to North I-279

  • End alternate route

Additionally, the southbound Route 65 ramp to northbound I-279 will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 19.  The ramp has been closed for reconstruction work since Monday, April 9.

 
 
McKnight Road Ramp to Southbound I-279 Parkway North Shoulder Repairs begin Monday in Pittsburgh
 

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing shoulder closures on the McKnight Road ramp to southbound I-279 (Parkway North) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, May 21 weather permitting.

Shoulder closures will occur as needed weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through early August on the ramp that carries traffic from McKnight Road to southbound I-279.  Crews will conduct shoulder repair and drainage work.

 
Work Zone Ramp Signal Pilot Project begins Monday on I-279 Parkway North in Ross Township
Project Located at Bellevue/West View On-ramp to Southbound Parkway North
 

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is announcing the Work Zone Ramp Signal Project on I-279 (Parkway North) in Ross Township, Allegheny County will begin Monday, May 14 weather permitting.

The temporary ramp signal project is located on the southbound I-279 on-ramp from Union Avenue at the Bellevue/West View (Exit 7) interchange.  Equipment has been installed and is currently collecting data.

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, the ramp signal equipment will be activated.  For the first two weeks, the system will operate during fixed times, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The system may be operational during other heavy traffic periods such as sporting or special events.  After two weeks, the system will switch to traffic responsive mode and activate during heavy volume periods. The equipment will be removed once the pilot program ends in early September.

The ramp signal will manage the rate at which vehicles enter the highway.  On the ramp to southbound I-279, motorists will see the following:

  • Signs with flashing yellow lights indicating that ramp signals are in effect.
  • Signage, including “Stop here on Red” and “One Vehicle Per Green”.
  • The ramp signal at approximately mid-point of the ramp.  The ramp signal only has a red and green signal.

Only one vehicle at a time is permitted to proceed through the green signal. Motorists must stop when the signal is red.  Motorists must obey the ramp signal as they would any other traffic signal.  Drivers will merge onto southbound I-279 as they normally would once they receive the green light.

If the ramp becomes congested, the signal will operate at a faster rate to relieve the queue. The system will not be active during off-peak travel times.

FHWA selected the Pittsburgh region for this pilot project to gather data that will help engineers better manage traffic in construction zones.  The purpose of the pilot program is to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion while making the work zone safer for all motorists.

The pilot program is part of the $87.94 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, HOV lane operation systems upgrades, sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange.

Please use caution while driving through the area.  Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-279 Parkway North traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Parkway North” in the subject line. Additionally, a ramp signal video can be found on the I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project webpage at www.penndot.gov under the District 11 “Construction Projects and Roadwork” page.

 
Next Phase of Northbound I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project begins this Weekend in Allegheny County
 

Pittsburgh – PennDOT District 11 is announcing the next phase of the I-279 (Parkway North) Improvement Project in Ohio and Ross townships and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Friday night, April 13.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday night, preparatory work requiring lane closures, traffic shifts and brief traffic stoppages as needed will occur for a new northbound traffic configuration starting just south of the McKnight Road interchange through the Camp Horne Road interchange.  Additionally, northbound I-279 will be restricted to a single-lane from the Fort Duquesne Bridge to Hazlett Street from 7 p.m. Friday night to 7 p.m. Saturday night. Once the prep work is complete, traffic will be shifted into the new configuration.  The configuration could be implemented as early as 7 p.m. Saturday night, but will be in place by 6 a.m. Monday morning at the latest. Motorists will see the following configuration:

 
  • Just south of the McKnight Road/Evergreen Road (Exit 4) interchange, mainline I-279 traffic traveling northbound (outbound) will be shifted into the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Motorists will still be able to access the McKnight Road/Evergreen Road (Exit 4) off-ramp.
  • As northbound motorists approach the Perrysville Avenue interchange, one lane of traffic will be crossed over into the southbound (inbound) lanes. This lane is the EXPRESS lane.  All traffic using this lane will not have access to the Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5), Bellevue/West View (Exit 7) and Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchanges.  The express lane will be crossed back over into the northbound lanes just north of the Camp Horne Road exit.
  • The right-hand lane of northbound (outbound) I-279 will remain in
    place. This is the LOCAL lane.  All access to the Perrysville Avenue, Bellevue/West View, and Camp Horne Road exits must be made from the local lane. A single-lane will be maintained to allow for roadway reconstruction work.
  • The current Perrysville Avenue off-ramp will not be accessible from the HOV lanes. The ramp to the Perrysville Park and Ride (a left hand exit, after the split between the express and local lanes) will be used as the exit for Perrysville Avenue (Route 19).
  • All three lanes (2 southbound, 1 northbound) on the southbound side of I-279 will be narrowed to 11 feet.  The northbound local lane will remain 12 feet-wide.
  • This phase of work will continue through late August.
 

Additional restrictions include:

  • The northbound on-ramp from Perrysville Avenue to northbound I-279 will close to traffic at approximately 7 p.m. Friday night continuously through late July.  The ramp will be lengthened by approximately 800 feet.  A bridge that carries both mainline I-279 and the on-ramp needs to be widened. All Perrysville Avenue northbound on-ramp traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detour

  • Motorists will travel south on Route 19
  • Turn left onto Ivory Avenue
  • Turn left onto Nelson Run Road
  • Turn left onto West View Avenue
  • Merge onto McKnight Road
  • Continue straight onto Evergreen Road which becomes East Street
  • Take the ramp to northbound I-279 at the Hazlett Street interchange
  • End detour

The HOV lanes south of the Venture Street area, including access to and from the Bedford Avenue, Anderson Street, and Stadium Drive ramps, will remain closed during this phase of work.  The Bedford Avenue HOV ramp will reopen to traffic after major evening events at PPG Paints Arena. However, this ramp will remain closed after the Penguin game on Friday, April 13 due to the work on the new configuration.

 
Southbound Route 65 Ramp to Northbound I-279 Parkway North Closure begins Monday in Pittsburgh
 

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing the long-term closure of the ramp that carries traffic from southbound Route 65 to northbound I-279 (Parkway North) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will begin Monday, April 9 weather permitting.

Beginning at approximately 4 a.m. Monday morning, the southbound Route 65 ramp to northbound I-279 will close to traffic around-the-clock through late June. Crews will conduct bridge dam replacement work.  All ramp traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detour to northbound I-279

  • Continue on southbound Route 65 past the closed ramp
  • Cross the Fort Duquesne Bridge
  • Take the Fort Duquesne Boulevard off-ramp
  • Follow Fort Duquesne Boulevard to Ninth Street
  • Turn left onto Ninth Street and cross the Rachel Carson Bridge
  • Turn right onto East General Robinson Street
  • Motorists to northbound I-279 take the East Ohio Street Ramp
  • Continue straight at the traffic light onto Madison Avenue
  • From Madison Avenue take the ramp back onto I-279
  • End detour

Posted Detour to northbound Route 28

  • Continue on southbound Route 65 past the closed ramp
  • Cross the Fort Duquesne Bridge
  • Take the Fort Duquesne Boulevard off-ramp
  • Follow Fort Duquesne Boulevard to Ninth Street
  • Turn left onto Ninth Street and cross the Rachel Carson Bridge
  • Turn right onto East General Robinson Street
  • Continue straight onto northbound Route 28 toward Etna.
  • End detour

Motorists should allow extra time if using the detour route or should consider alternate routes.  Police will assist motorists along the detour route at key intersections.

The ramp work is part of the $87.94 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project which also includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, HOV repairs, sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange.

 
HOV Closure begins Monday on I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project
 

Preparatory Work Starts for New Northbound Traffic Configuration 

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing the closure of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes for the start of major improvements in the northbound direction of I-279 (Parkway North) in Ohio and Ross townships and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin on Monday, February 19.

The $87.94 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane operation system upgrades, sign work, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange. Work will occur in the northbound direction in 2018.

“Although PennDOT is still focused on winter weather, construction season is quickly approaching,” said District Executive Cheryl Moon-Sirianni. “Preparations are underway to begin the next phase of the important and impactful I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project.”

Beginning at 4 a.m. on Monday, February 19, the HOV lanes will close to traffic around-the-clock through March 11.  Crews will begin preparatory work including barrier removal and installation, line painting, fiber optic cable removal, and other miscellaneous construction activities prior to shifting northbound mainline I-279 traffic into the HOV lanes near the McKnight Road/Evergreen Road exit. The new configuration is anticipated to begin Sunday, March 11.

Additionally, motorists will see the following traffic patterns and improvements:

  • A single-lane of northbound traffic will be crossed over into the southbound lanes at the Perrysville Avenue interchange to just north of the Camp Horne Road interchange.
  • The left-hand lane of northbound I-279 that is crossed over will be the EXPRESS lane. All traffic using this lane will not have access to the Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5), Bellevue/West View (Exit 7), and the Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchanges
  • The right-hand lane of northbound I-279 will remain in place and be the LOCAL lane. All access to the Perrysville Avenue, Bellevue/West View and Camp Horne Road exits must be made from the local lane.
  • The Perrysville Park and Ride off-ramp from the HOV lanes will serve as the Perrysville Avenue exit. Motorists will not have access to the Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5) off-ramp
  • To accommodate the crossover and work, southbound lanes on I-279 will be narrowed to 11 feet between the Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) and Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5) interchanges. Northbound lanes in that section will remain 12 feet wide. 
  • The new pattern is anticipated to be implemented March 11.

    • A long-term closure of the southbound Route 65 ramp to northbound I-279 will occur as crews conduct expansion dam replacement and bridge deck repairs.  Traffic will be detoured. Work will begin in early to mid-April and conclude in approximately mid-June.
           
    • Mainline I-279 will be reduced to a single-lane on the North Shore viaduct between the Northbound Route 28 Chestnut St/East Ohio St/Etna (Exit 1D) off-ramp and the northbound I-579 merge point for approximately sixty days as crews conduct expansion dam replacement, bridge deck repairs, and roadway reconstruction.  Work will begin when the southbound Route 65 ramp closure work concludes in mid-June. Motorists can use the alternate route via northbound Route 28 and Madison Avenue.
    • The ramp from the Veterans Bridge to northbound I-279 will be lengthened by approximately 1,000 feet and the ramp from Madison Avenue to northbound I-279 will be lengthened by approximately 2,000 feet. The intent is to relieve merging issues and congestion in that area, particularly during the evening rush hour.
    • Widening of the bridge that carries mainline I-279 and the northbound Perrysville Avenue on-ramp to allow the lengthening of the ramp by 800 feet. 
    • Camp Horne Road and Union Avenue resurfacing.
    • Perrysville Avenue northbound on-ramp closure begins in early to mid-March through early July.
    • The Bedford Avenue HOV will reopen to northbound I-279 for two hours after major evening events at PPG Paints arena. A single-lane restriction will occur on mainline I-279 to accommodate the merge.

Other items of note:

  • The Tripoli Street Bridge will reopen to traffic in late February.
  • East North Avenue Bridge rehabilitation work will occur in 2019.
  • Route 28/East General Robinson Street roadway improvements between Anderson Street and Chestnut Street will occur in 2019.
  • HOV improvements, including resurfacing and lane operation system upgrades, will occur in 2019.
  • The FHWA/PennDOT Work Zone Ramp Signal Pilot Project will begin in mid-to-late March on the Bellevue/West View on-ramp to southbound I-279.
 
Southbound I-279 Parkway North Exit Sign Changes in Pittsburgh
 

Pittsburgh – PennDOT District 11 is announcing changes to interchange signage is underway on southbound I-279 (Parkway North), in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

Changes to accurately reflect the street names for exits along I-279 will occur in the following locations:

  • Southbound I-279 at exit 4.  Crews will change the Venture Street exit name to East Street.

  • Southbound I-279 at exit 2B.  Crews will change the East Street exit name to East Ohio Street.  Additionally, the sign will read “to 28 North”

Changes will also occur on the 2B exit and guide sign to better assist motorists. The exit name will remain unchanged at exit 2B.

The sign upgrades are part of the $87.94 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project, which also includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, HOV lane operation systems upgrades, sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange.  

 
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