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PennDOT Announces 2017 Allegheny County Highway and Bridge Improvement Projects


March 20, 2017
PennDOT Announces 2017 Allegheny County Highway and Bridge Improvement Projects
PittsburghPennDOT is pleased to announce the 2017 Allegheny County transportation improvement project list for state-owned roads and bridges.
District 11 will invest an estimated $220 million on 32 projects to improve, preserve or rehabilitate transportation infrastructure including 65 bridges (18 structurally deficient) in Allegheny County in 2017. Additionally, 123 miles of roadway will be paved or resurfaced and more than $26 million will be invested in tunnel maintenance and improvements. Approximately 49 projects will be bid this year valued at an estimated $295 million.  
“We are pleased to begin major improvements to our roadway and bridge infrastructure in the greater Pittsburgh region,” said District Executive, Dan Cessna. “It is our pleasure to initiate projects such as the I-279 Parkway North rehabilitation and the Liberty Tunnel Phase V, while continuing our efforts to improve Route 65 and the Liberty Bridge.”
Here’s a preview of the improvements scheduled for 2017 in Allegheny County:
Projects continuing from 2016 with minor work remaining
Route 19 Cochran Road
Milling and paving work was completed in 2016 on this $2.79 million project located on Route 19 (Cochran Road) between Washington Road (Route 3069) and Beverly Road (Route 19) in the Municipality of Mount Lebanon. Remaining improvements include ADA curb cut ramps, driveway adjustments and pavement marking installation. Off-peak daylight lane restrictions will occur through late April 2017.
Route 22 – Washington County to North Fayette Township
This $8.18 million roadway and bridge project continues in 2017 as crews complete bridge and ramp work and minor construction activities in North Fayette and Findlay townships. Long-term, around-the-clock single-lane restrictions at the bridge over Potato Garden Road (Route 3071) will occur through early May. Overall work includes concrete rehabilitation and patching, bridge preservation, guide rail and drainage updates, shoulder resurfacing, signage, and pavement markings.
I-376 Fort Pitt Tunnel Ceiling Removal
Overnight closures and single-lane restrictions will occur in the outbound (westbound) Fort Pitt Tunnel through early April to install a fire suppression system on this $14.51 million project in the City of Pittsburgh. Completed work on the project includes tunnel ceiling removal, concrete repairs to the tunnel walls, waterline and standpipe improvements, electrical updates, drainage upgrades, and reroofing of the north portal building. Overall work will conclude in mid-May 2017.
Route 3054 Ewing Road Slide Repair
Slide remediation work occurred in late 2016 on Ewing Road in Collier Township on this $608,085 project. Remaining work includes milling and paving and pavement marking installation. Single-lane alternating traffic and a one day detour will occur through early April to complete the project.
Route 4003 McKnight Road ITS Expansion
Data collection for the adaptive traffic signal system began in March on this $1.35 million Intelligent Transportation System project on McKnight Road between Evergreen Road and Peebles Road. The system will be fully integrated into the Western Regional Transportation Management Center to allow for real-time monitoring, management, and event decision making to improve highway efficiency, safety, mobility, and travel time reliability through the corridor.  Additional work includes the installation of CCTV and a Dynamic Message Sign at key intersections through the corridor. 
Projects continuing from 2016 with major work remaining
Route 65 – Fort Duquesne Bridge to McKees Rocks Bridge
Work on southbound Route 65 was completed in 2016 on this $25.28 million improvement project between the McKees Rocks and Fort Duquesne Bridges in the City of Pittsburgh. Work is underway in the northbound direction of Route 65 and will continue into September 2017.  Northbound work will consist of concrete patching, an asphalt overlay, bridge rehabilitation, ramp reconstruction, drainage and guide rail updates, signage, retaining wall repairs, and pavement marking installation. Long-term, single-lane closures and ramp closures will occur.  Two 11-foot-wide lanes of traffic will be maintained on Route 65 between the Fort Duquesne and West End Bridges. A single 11-foot lane will remain open between the West End and McKees Rocks Bridges.
I-376 – Beaver County to McClaren Road
An eastbound I-376 crossover will occur in 2017 as this $66.92 million improvement project resumes in Moon and Findlay townships between Beaver County and the McClaren Road interchange. Daylight single-lane restrictions will occur in preparation of the crossover, which is anticipated to be implemented in late April. Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained on I-376 throughout 2017 with one eastbound lane temporarily crossed over into the westbound lanes. The crossed over lane will be utilized as an “express” lane which will by-pass all exits. The other lane will be the “local” lane which will allow access to the airport and other exits. Concrete reconstruction and rehabilitation, joint repairs, bridge deck overlays, and guide rail and drainage improvements will occur on 7.5 miles of I-376. The project is anticipated to conclude in November 2017.
Glenwood Interchange Phase 3
Work resumed in February on the $17.33 million third phase of improvements at the Glenwood interchange. 2017 work includes the continuation of Route 837 bridge deck replacement requiring a cross over traffic pattern, various ramp closures, and lane restrictions. Additional improvements include bridge deck replacements on Route 885, lighting upgrades, safety improvements, bridge painting, and minor approach work. The project is anticipated to end in December 2017.
Liberty Bridge
Work continues on the $80.08 million Liberty Bridge rehabilitation project in the City of Pittsburgh. Crews will resume work on the bridge in 2017 including expansion dam replacement, a latex overlay and deck replacement on the northern end of the structure necessitating overnight and weekend closures and single-lane restrictions. Additionally, rehabilitation work requiring a 132-day closure of the on and off-ramps to the Boulevard of the Allies and an 80-day closure of the Boulevard of the Allies between the Liberty Bridge and Grant Street will occur. Restrictions will also occur on Second Avenue and I-376 (Parkway East) during construction. Other improvements include structural steel repairs and painting, concrete repairs, signage improvements, and the installation of a new alternating overhead lane control system. Overall work will continue through late mid-August 2018. 
Projects starting construction in 2017
Route 19 Perry Highway
Nearly four miles of Route 19 (Perry Highway) will be resurfaced beginning in late August. This estimated $9-10 million project will also include milling, base repairs, shoulder improvements, drainage and guide rail work, traffic signal and sign upgrades, ADA curb cut ramp installation, and pavement markings. Work will occur in Marshall and Pine townships from Butler County to Wallace Road (Route 4068). Overnight and off-peak daylight lane restrictions will occur. Resurfacing work is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2017 and the overall project will be finalized in the spring of 2018.
I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project
Preparatory work is underway on the $87.94 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project.  Work will begin in the southbound direction in 2017. The project 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 McKnight Road. 2018 work will occur in the northbound direction and includes a reconfiguration of the ramp from northbound I-579 to northbound I-279, lengthening of the northbound Perrysville and Madison on-ramps, and paving on Route 28 between Anderson Street and Chestnut Street. To allow 2017 work to occur, one lane of southbound traffic will be crossed over into the northbound lanes at the Camp Horne (Exit 8) interchange. Both southbound lanes will be shifted into the HOV lanes at the Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5) interchange before re-entering mainline I-279 south of McKnight Road. Work south of Venture Street will be conducted with overnight and weekend lane closures. The project will continue through the end of June 2019.
I-376 – Airport to Business Loop 376 Reconstruction
Preparatory work has begun on this $42.36 million I-376 improvement project which includes roadway reconstruction, concrete patching, subgrade stabilizations, bridge rehabilitation work, drainage and guide rail improvements, signage upgrades, and ramp repairs. Work in 2017 will occur in the westbound direction between Business Loop 376 West (Exit 57) and approximately one mile east of the Airport (Exit 53) interchanges. Weekend-long restrictions, with one or two lane closures, will occur during the preparatory phase. Once prep work is complete, two lanes of westbound traffic will be maintained throughout the remainder of 2017, except for intermittent short-term single-lane closures during off-peak hours. Additional restrictions will occur on various ramps and on McClaren Road. Work in 2018 will occur primarily in the eastbound direction and will include a crossover. The project will conclude in mid-December 2018.
Route 2084 Milltown Road Slide Remediation
Remediation work is anticipated to begin in late 2017 to repair two slides on Route 2084 Milltown Road between Mill Street and Deer Lane in Plum Borough. The roadway has been closed to traffic since June 2015. Additional work includes resurfacing, drainage and guide rail improvements, pavement marking installation, and other miscellaneous construction activities on this estimated $1-2 million project. Depending on the start date, the overall project may be completed by late June 2018.
Route 3067 Industrial Highway
This estimated $2.5-3.5 million project includes concrete rehabilitation and an asphalt overlay on Industrial Highway between Roswell Drive and Beechnut Drive. Turnback agreement arrangements are ongoing with the City of Pittsburgh and will determine the start date, which is anticipated for mid-2017. Additional work includes concrete mountable curb installation, drainage and guide rail improvements, signage upgrades, and pavement marking installation which will require long-term single-lane restrictions in both directions. The work will conclude in late 2017 or early 2018.
Liberty Tunnel Phase V
Work is anticipated to begin in May on the fifth phase of the Liberty Tunnel Rehabilitation project. The estimated $20-25 million project includes pavement repairs, ventilation improvements including fans, motors and drives, HVAC, safety, and electrical systems upgrades, structural repairs to the fan house, and retaining wall stabilization.  Restrictions include six weekend closure (three in each direction) for tunnel pavement repairs in 2017 and up to 168 northbound and 120 southbound overnight closures through February 2019. Tunnel closures will only occur one direction at a time. Weekend and nightly closures will be coordinated with the Liberty Bridge project. The overall project will end in April 2019.
Liberty Tunnel Interchange
The $4.32 million project to improve the Liberty Tunnel interchange began on March 15. The project consists of concrete patching and an asphalt overlay of West Liberty Avenue and Route 51 at the south portal of the tunnel. Rehabilitation work will occur on two Route 51 bridges and on several ramps at the interchange. Ramp closures, approximately two weeks in length each, will occur.  While mainline bridge work is occurring, motorists traveling north on Route 51 will be required to exit at the interchange, cross over West Liberty Avenue, and use the on-ramp to resume traveling northbound. Additionally, overnight and weekend lane restrictions will be implemented. The overall project is expected to conclude in July 2017.

Route 4003 McKnight Road
Milling and resurfacing will occur on nearly three miles of McKnight Road between Route 19 (Perry Highway) and the Babcock Boulevard/Perrymont Road (Route 4056) intersection in McCandless Township. Work is anticipated to begin in late August and also includes shoulder and base repairs, drainage and guide rail improvements, ADA curb cut ramp installation, sign updates, pavement marking installation and other miscellaneous construction work.  Resurfacing work will require off-peak lane restrictions through the fall of 2017. The overall project, estimated at $7-8 million will conclude in the spring of 2018.
Route 4022 Mount Nebo Road Improvement Project
Work is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2017 on the Route 4022 Mount Nebo Road improvement project located between I-79 and Arndt Road in Ohio Township. Traffic shifts, single-lane alternating traffic, and a weekend detour will occur as crews conduct milling and paving, add a turning lane, reconstruct the Nicholson Road intersection, relocate Duff Road, and improve traffic signals. The overall project, estimated at $6-7 million, will conclude in late 2018.
Warrendale Bayne Improvements III
Improvement work began in early March on this $1.28 million project on Warrendale Bayne Road (Route 4052) in Marshall Township. A second left turn lane from westbound Warrendale Bayne Road to the southbound I-79 on-ramp will be constructed. Additional work includes the widening of the I-79 ramp, an additional left turn lane on eastbound Warrendale Bayne Road at Innovation Drive, signal improvements, ADA curb cut ramps, and sign and pavement markings.  Long-term lane restrictions and a weekend closure to pave the I-79 ramp will occur. Work will continue through early October 2017.
Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge Rehabilitation Project
This estimated $30-32 million project includes concrete deck and barrier replacement, steel repairs, expansion dam replacement, bearing repairs, concrete substructure repairs, full painting, and drainage improvements on the Elizabeth Bridge over the Monongahela River.  Additionally, five other structures at the bridge will be rehabilitated. Work is anticipated to begin in late July 2017 and last through the spring of 2019. One lane of traffic in each direction on Route 51 over the bridge will be maintained during peak travel hours. Ramp closures may occur during the project.
Route 1001 Freeport Road Bridge Replacement
Work will begin in late 2017 on the Freeport Road Bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks in O’Hara Township. Bridge replacement work will not occur until the spring of 2018. The estimated $4-5 million project will require a detour through late August 2018.
Route 1020 Russellton-Dorseyville Bridge Replacement
Traffic will be detoured during the $1.16 million replacement of the Route 1020 Russellton-Dorseyville Road Bridge in West Deer Township. Replacement work is anticipated to begin in March and finish in October 2017. The bridge carries Russellton-Dorseyville Road over Cunningham Run between Saxonburg Boulevard (Route 1013) and Eisele Road.
Route 1031 Lardintown Road Bridge Replacement
Bridge replacement work will occur on Route 1031 Lardintown Road just north of Bull Creek Road (Route 1034) in Fawn Township beginning in April 2017. Bi-directional alternating traffic on the bridge will be controlled by a temporary signal. The $1.35 million project will conclude in November 2017.
Route 2010 Lovedale Road Bridge Replacement
Work to replace the Route 2010 Lovedale Road Bridge over Wylie Run in Elizabeth Township and Lincoln Borough is anticipated to begin in late 2017. Traffic will be detoured while the bridge is replaced on this estimated $1-2 million project.
Route 3088 Hookstown Grade Road Bridge Deck Replacement
This estimated $1.5-2 million project is anticipated to begin in August 2017. Deck replacement, beam repair, and approach work will occur on the bridge carrying Hookstown Grade Road over Business Loop 376 in Findlay Township. Traffic will be maintained by a temporary signal for the duration of the project which will conclude in mid-November 2017.
Route 4009 Babcock Boulevard Bridge Replacement
Replacement work will occur in 2017 on the Babcock Boulevard Bridge over Girtys Run in Shaler Township. The $1.53 million project also includes drainage and guide rail improvements, signing updates, approach work, and pavement markings. Weekend closures and off-peak daylight restrictions will occur. The replacement work will begin in the summer and will conclude by the end of 2017.                                                       
Route 19 West End Circle Sign Improvement Project
Sign improvements at the West End Circle will occur in late summer 2017 at the Route 51 approach to the Carson Street and at the South Main Street Connector (Route 60). This approximate $0.5-1 million project will require off-peak lane restrictions and conclude by the end of 2017.
Route 380/400 Signal Improvement
Work is underway on this $2.23 million project to upgrade traffic signals at 11 intersections on Route 380 in Penn Hills and the City of Pittsburgh. Short-term lane restrictions will occur on Route 380 between the North Dallas Avenue/Hamilton Avenue intersection and the Frankstown Road/Woods Avenue through the end of 2017. Additional work includes ADA curb cut ramps, pedestrian signal improvements, signage upgrades, and pavement marking installation.
Route 2048 Business 22 Adaptive Traffic Signal System
This estimated $1.5-2 million project to install an adaptive traffic signal system on Business Route 22 between Rodi Road (Route 791) and Mosside Boulevard in the Municipality of Monroeville is anticipated to begin in July. Equipment, including cameras, radar detectors, new signal controllers, and radios, will be installed at 14 intersections through the corridor. Additionally, traffic and pedestrian signal head replacement will occur at several intersections.  To allow the work to occur, off-peak short-term single-lane restrictions will occur as needed through mid-October 2018.
Group Resurfacing Contracts
The routes listed below will be milled and resurfaced with drainage improvements and minor rehabilitation in 2017 under contract group projects (work areas may be subject to change):
·        Butler Street/Freeport Street/Bridge Street (Route 1001) from Route 28 to Sycamore Street in Etna Borough;
·        Dorseyville Road/Kittanning Street (Route 1003) from Route 8 (Butler Street) in Etna Borough to Kittanning Pike (Route 1003) in O’Hara Township;
·        Bull Creek Road (Route 1034) from Bakerstown Road (Route 1028) to Huston Drive in Fawn Township;
·        Butler Street (Route 4019) from Freeport Street (Route 1001) to Kittanning Street (Route 1003) in Etna Borough;
·        Pearce Mill Road (Route 4063) from Brown Road to Bakerstown Warrendale Road (Route 4068) in Pine Township;
·        Sandy Creek Road/Coal Hollow Road (Route 130) from Allegheny River Boulevard (Route 130) to Frankstown Road (Route 380) in the Municipality of Penn Hills;
·        North Dallas Avenue/Bennett Street (Route 380) from Route 8 (Penn Avenue) to Tokay Street in the City of Pittsburgh;
·        Plum Street/Hunter Street (Route 2080) from Allegheny River Boulevard (Route 2073) in Oakmont Borough to Hamill Road (Route 2078) in the Municipality of Penn Hills;
·        Hulton Road/Coxcomb Hill Road (Route 2082) from 2nd Street Extension in Oakmont Borough to Hulton Road (Route 2058) in Plum Borough;
·        Mosside Boulevard (Route 48) from Cambridge Square Drive to Route 22 (William Penn Highway) in the Municipality of Monroeville;
·        Jacks Run Road (Route 48) from Lincoln Way (Route 2031) in White Oak Borough to Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) in North Versailles Township:
·        Battle Ridge Road (Route 978) from Sterling Drive to Union Avenue (Route 978) in South Fayette Township;
·        Northern Pike (Route 2054) from Pitcairn Road to Route 22 (William Penn Highway) in the Municipality of Monroeville;
·        Haymaker Road (Route 2057) from Beatty Road to Route 22 (William Penn Highway) in the Municipality of Monroeville;
·        Electric Avenue (Route 2112) from Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) in North Braddock and Chalfant boroughs to Braddock Avenue (Route 2037) in East Pittsburgh Borough; and
·        Battle Ridge Road (Route 3024) from Union Avenue (Route 978) to Dutch Hill Road in South Fayette Township.
In addition to the work listed above, District 11 will be making many improvements to the transportation system in Allegheny County through various County Maintenance activities. District 11 will also be performing numerous bridge preservation and washing projects around the county in a continuing effort to address critical bridge needs. Visit the District 11 page under Regional Offices on for more information on PennDOT activities in Allegheny County.
Work Zone Safety Tips
In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point. Once at the merge point, motorists are encouraged to take turns merging into the open lane and continue through the work zone.  When motorists cooperate and use the late merge system, it will create a zipper like effect with traffic which will reduce the length of the queue, allow traffic to move more fluidly and prevent aggressive merging. 
If you encounter our work zones, please keep the following tips in mind for your safety and the safety of highway workers:
·      Drive the posted work-zone speed limit;
·      Stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers;
·      Turn on your headlights;
·      Maintain a safe distance around vehicles, don´t tailgate;
·      Use four-way flashers when stopped or traveling slowly;
·      Avoid distractions and give your full attention to the road;
·      Always buckle up;
·      Expect the unexpected,
·      Be patient.
Work Zone Laws - Pennsylvania´s work zone safety laws are designed to protect both highway workers and motorists:
Posted work zones - Headlights On - All motorists are required to travel with their headlights turned on in all posted work zones, not just active work zones. It is necessary for drivers in vehicles with daytime running lights to turn on their headlights in order to activate their taillights.
Active Work Zones - Posting of Active Work Zones - Active work zones are designated by a white flashing light attached to an “Active Work Zone” sign to notify motorists when they enter and leave the work zone. The flashing light will only be activated when workers are present and turned off when workers are not present.
Fifteen-Day Loss of License for Driving Dangerously - Motorists caught driving 11 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit in an active work zone, or who are involved in a crash in an active work zone and are convicted for failing to drive at a safe speed, will automatically lose their license for 15 days.
Fines Doubled/Jail Time Increased - Fines for certain traffic violations - including speeding, driving under the influence, and failure to obey traffic devices - are doubled for active work zones. Also, the law provides for up to five years of additional jail time for individuals convicted of homicide by vehicle for a crash that occurred in an active work zone.
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