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I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project 

 
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.
 
 
Northbound I-279 Parkway North Lane Restrictions continue Next Week Allegheny County
 
Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing preparatory work requiring lane restrictions on the Parkway North (I-279) in Ohio Township and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will continue next week, Monday through Friday, April 2-6 weather permitting.
 
Northbound lane restrictions will occur on the Parkway North from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the following locations:
 
  • At the southern crossover - near the McKnight Road (Exit 4) interchange
  • At the northern crossover - just north of the Camp Horne (Exit 8) interchange
 
Crews will conduct milling and paving work on the crossover areas.
 
I-279 Preparatory Work for Phase Change continues in Allegheny County
 
Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing preparatory work requiring lane restrictions on the Parkway North (I-279) in Ohio and Ross townships, Allegheny County continues Monday, March 12.
 
The following restrictions will occur to allow work on emergency pull-off locations, barrier installation and the upcoming crossover for the next traffic configuration on the Parkway North:
 
  • A single-lane restriction will occur on northbound I-279 between the Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5) and Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchanges weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • A single-lane restriction will occur on southbound I-279 between the Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) and Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5) interchanges weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
 
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.
    • Alternate routes with signage and message boards will be implemented to assist fans leaving PNC Park after Pirate games.  Additionally, police officers will work key intersections around PNC Park to help alleviate traffic.
 
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.
 
Northbound I-279 Parkway North Lane Restrictions Underway in Allegheny County
 
Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing preparatory work requiring lane restrictions is underway on the Parkway North (I-279) in Ohio and Ross townships, Allegheny County.
 
Northbound lane restrictions will occur on the Parkway North between the Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5) and just north of the Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchanges through early March as crews continue 2018 preparations for I-279 improvement project. Restrictions will occur as crews continue work on emergency pull-offs and crossover areas. Work will occur weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
I-279 Parkway North Shoulder Restrictions Underway in Allegheny County
 
Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing preparatory work is underway on the Parkway North (I-279) in Ohio and Ross townships and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.
 
Shoulder restrictions will occur on the Parkway North between the Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5) and just north of the Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchanges through early March as crews begin 2018 preparations for I-279 improvement project. Restrictions will occur as crews construct emergency pull-offs and crossover areas according to the following schedule:
 
Northbound (outbound)
  • Shoulder restrictions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays
 
Southbound (inbound)
  • Right shoulder restrictions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays
 
 
 
I-279 Parkway North Shoulder Restrictions begin Monday in Pittsburgh
 
Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing shoulder restrictions on I-279 (Parkway North) in City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, January 8 weather permitting.
 
Shoulder restrictions will occur weekdays on I-279 in each direction in the area of the Tripoli Street Bridge through late March according to the following schedule:
 
  • Southbound – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Northbound – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Crews will continue repair work on the Tripoli Street Bridge.
 
 
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.
 
Northbound I-279 Parkway North Shoulder Restrictions Underway in Allegheny County
 
PittsburghPennDOT District 11 is announcing shoulder restrictions are underway on northbound I-279 (Parkway North) in Ross Township and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.
 
Intermittent shoulder restrictions will occur on northbound I-279 between the Fort Duquesne Bridge and the Bellevue/West View (Exit 7) interchange weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through late February.  Crews will conduct wall and drainage structure cleaning operations.
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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