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PROJECT OVERVIEW

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The $80.08 million Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation Project includes bridge deck replacement, ramp reconstruction, structural steel repairs, painting of the structure, concrete repairs, signage improvements and installation of a new alternating overhead lane control system.

Project Contact

Name: Steve Cowan

Phone | Email: 412-429-5010  stcowan@pa.gov

Asst. Construction Executive

Name: Doug Thompson

PROJECT STATISTICS

Contract Cost: $80 Million

Prime Contractor: Joseph B. Fay Company

Current Information

 
 
The Liberty Bridge and Liberty Tunnels will remain open this weekend       Friday, June 23 through Monday morning, June 26.
 
 
I-579 Crosstown Boulevard Ramp to Boulevard of the Allies Closure this Weekend in Pittsburgh
 
Liberty Bridge and Tunnel to Remain Open
 
 
 
Pittsburgh, PAPennDOT District 11 is announcing a weekend closure of the ramp from I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) to the outbound Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Friday night through Monday morning, June 23-26.
 
 
 
The ramp that carries traffic from I-579 to the Boulevard of the Allies will close to traffic from 8 p.m. Friday night continuously through 5 a.m. Monday morning as crews conduct latex overlay work on the Boulevard of the Allies.  The ramp will need to be closed to accommodate equipment for the overlay.  All traffic will be detoured.
 
 
 
Posted Detour
 
 
 
I-579 Crosstown Boulevard Ramp to the Boulevard of the Allies
 
 
 
·        From southbound I-579 or Route 380, take the ramp to 7th Avenue/6th Avenue
 
·        Take the ramp to 6th Avenue
 
·        Follow to Ross Street
 
·        Follow Ross Street to Forbes Avenue
 
·        Turn left onto Forbes Avenue and follow to Craft Avenue
 
·        Turn right onto Craft Avenue and follow to the Boulevard of the Allies
 
·        End detour
 
(Note: To continue to I-376 Parkway East, turn left onto the Boulevard of Allies, turn right onto Bates Street and turn left onto the ramp to I-376 East/Monroeville)
 
 
 
The Liberty Bridge will remain open.
 
 
 
 
  
 
Boulevard of the Allies, Liberty Bridge Ramp Improvements begin Monday in Pittsburgh
Liberty Bridge and Inbound Tunnel Closure this Weekend for Preparatory Work
 
Pittsburgh, PAPennDOT District 11 is announcing work on the Boulevard of the Allies and the Liberty Bridge (Route 3069) on and off-ramps in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Monday, April 3 weather permitting.
 
“With the arrival of spring we are excited to advance the next major phase of this significant project,” said District Executive Dan Cessna. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we understand this will cause inconvenience for motorists.”
 
Preparatory work begins this weekend for major construction activities on the Liberty Bridge and the Boulevard of the Allies this year.  The following closures and restrictions will occur this weekend:
·        The inbound Liberty Tunnel and Liberty Bridge will close to traffic from 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1 through 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2 (See posted detours.)
·        The ramps to and from the Liberty Bridge to the Boulevard of the Allies will close at 6 p.m. Saturday and remain closed for 80 consecutive days. (See posted detours.)
·        The inbound Liberty Tunnel and inbound Liberty Bridge will reopen to traffic from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Both the inbound tunnel and bridge will reclose to traffic from 5 p.m. through Monday morning at 5 a.m.
·        Two outbound lanes on the Liberty Bridge will reopen to traffic at 5 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday morning.
·        The outbound Liberty Tunnel will remain open the entire weekend.  Additionally, motorists will have access to McCardle Roadway and Arlington Avenue.
 
Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday morning the following restrictions will begin:
·        The Boulevard of the Allies between Grant Street and the Liberty Bridge will close to traffic for 80 consecutive days.  Crews will conduct deck reconstruction, steel repairs and painting operations.
·        The Liberty Bridge ramps to and from the Boulevard of the Allies will remain closed for 80 consecutive days.  Work includes bridge wing reconstruction, stringer erection and grid deck installation.
 
The following restrictions will occur next week:
·        A full closure of the inbound Liberty Tunnel and the Liberty Bridge in both directions will occur from 8 p.m. Monday night, April 3 through 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, April 4.  The outbound Liberty Tunnel will remain open.
·        The ramp from I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) to the Boulevard of the Allies will close at 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 4 continuously until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11.  Crews will conduct expansion dam replacement and deck milling operations.  (See posted detour.)
 
Additional work requiring closures, lane restrictions and changes to traffic configurations will occur during the 2017 construction season and include:
·        Continuation of grid deck replacement on the northern end of the Liberty Bridge is anticipated to begin in mid to late April.  The northern end of the bridge will be reduced to three lanes of traffic.  Traffic patterns will change throughout the day according to the following schedule:
o   Two inbound (northbound) lanes and one outbound (southbound) lane will be maintained from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday.
o   Two outbound (southbound) lanes and one inbound (northbound) lane will be maintained from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. each weekday.
o   A single-lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each weeknight.
o   Various restrictions will occur on the bridge on weekends.  Additional information will be provided.
·        A maximum of 11 weekend closures will occur on the Liberty Bridge for bridge deck reconstruction, a latex overlay and expansion dam replacement. (See posted detours.)
·        A maximum of 11 overnight closures of the Liberty Bridge. (See posted detours.)
·        Single-lane restrictions in each direction of Second Avenue for 42 consecutive days.
·        Overnight short-term stoppages on I-376 (Parkway East).
·        The sidewalks on the bridge will remain closed during 2017 construction. (See posted detours.)

POSTED DETOURS
 
Inbound Liberty Bridge
 
·        Take Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) northbound
·        Take the exit to I-376 West/US 19 South toward Carnegie/Airport/West End
·        Take Exit 69A toward US 19 South/Banksville Road
·        Keep left and loop back to I-376 eastbound toward Fort Pitt Tunnel
·        Follow eastbound I-376 through Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge
·      For access to I-279 destinations follow I-279 signage, all other destinations take exit toward I-376 East/Monroeville
·      Take the left exit 71A to Grant Street
·      Turn left onto Grant Street
·        End detour
 
Outbound Liberty Bridge from Downtown Pittsburgh
  • Take Grant Street to I-376
  • Take the ramp to West I-376 toward Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport
  • Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
  • Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
  • Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
  • Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
  • Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
  • End detour
 
Outbound Liberty Bridge from Westbound Route 885 (Boulevard of the Allies)
 
  • From the Boulevard of the Allies take the ramp to North I-579 to I-279 Veterans Bridge Exit
  • Take the Convention Center/7th Avenue Exit
  • Turn right onto Grant Street
  • Turn left onto 11th Street
  • Continue straight onto the 10th Street Bypass
  • Take the I-376 West Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport Exit
  • Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
  • Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
  • Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
  • Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
  • Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
  • End detour
 
Outbound Liberty Bridge from Route 380 (Bigelow Boulevard)
 
  • From PA 380, take the Consol Center/6th Avenue Exit
  • Take the 6th Avenue Exit
  • Turn right onto Grant Street
  • Turn left onto 11th Street
  • Continue straight onto the 10th Street Bypass
  • Take the I-376 West Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport Exit
  • Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
  • Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
  • Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
  • Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
  • Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
  • End detour
 
Outbound Liberty Bridge from I-279 Parkway North
 
  • From southbound I-279, take the I-279 South Fort Pitt Bridge Exit
  • Take the South I-279/To I-376 Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport Exit
  • Take the West I-376 Fort Pitt Bridge Exit
  • Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
  • Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
  • Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
  • Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
  • Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
  • End detour
 
Liberty Bridge Ramp to the Boulevard of the Allies
 
  • Continue inbound (northbound) on the Liberty Bridge past the closed ramp.
  • Continue onto the Crosstown Boulevard toward 6th Avenue/Forbes Avenue exit.
  • Exit Crosstown Boulevard to 6th Avenue.
  • Follow 6th Avenue to Grant Street.
  • Turn right onto Grant Street.
  • Turn right onto 7th Avenue.
  • Exit 7th Avenue to I-579 South/I-376 East toward Monroeville/Liberty Bridge.
  • Keep right and take ramp to I-376 East toward Oakland/Monroeville
  • Follow ramp onto Boulevard of the Allies
  • End detour
 
Boulevard of the Allies Ramp to the Liberty Bridge
 
  • Follow Grant Street to westbound I-376
  • Take I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
  • Take Exit 69A toward US 19 South/Banksville Road
  • Keep left and loop back to I-376 eastbound toward Fort Pitt Tunnel
  • Follow I-376 eastbound to Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/South SR 51 Uniontown
  • Follow Route 51 back to the Liberty Tunnel
  • End detour
 
I-579 Crosstown Boulevard Ramp to the Boulevard of the Allies
 
·        From southbound I-579 or Route 380, take the ramp to 7th Avenue/6th Avenue
·        Take the ramp to 6th Avenue
·        Follow to Ross Street
·        Follow Ross Street to Forbes Avenue
·        Turn left onto Forbes Avenue and follow to Craft Avenue
·        Turn right onto Craft Avenue and follow to the Boulevard of the Allies
·        End detour
(Note: To continue to I-376 Parkway East, turn left onto the Boulevard of Allies, turn right onto Bates Street and turn left onto the ramp to I-376 East/Monroeville)
 
Grant Street to the Boulevard of the Allies
·        From Grant Street, turn left onto 6th Avenue and follow to Ross Street
·        Turn right onto and follow Ross Street to Forbes Avenue
·        Turn left onto Forbes Avenue and follow to Craft Avenue
·        Turn right onto Craft Avenue and follow to the Boulevard of the Allies
·        End detour
 
Liberty Bridge Pedestrian Detour
 
Southbound
·     From the closed stairwell at Ross Street and Second Avenue, cross Ross Street toward Grant Street
·     Take Grant Street south toward Fort Pitt Boulevard
·     Cross I-376 off-ramp and enter shared use pedestrian/bicycle Great Allegheny Passage
·     Cross the Smithfield Street Bridge
·     Turn left onto East Carson Street
·     Cross East Carson Street to Arlington Avenue
·     U-turn at the intersection of Arlington Avenue and PJ McCardle Roadway, crossing Arlington Avenue at the farthest approach, east of the McCardle Roadway
·     Follow Arlington Avenue back to the Liberty Bridge stairwell
·     End detour
 
Northbound
·                         Same detour in opposite direction
 
The $80.08 million Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation Project includes deck replacement and ramp reconstruction, structural steel repairs, painting of the entire structure, concrete repairs, signage improvements and installation of a new alternating overhead lane control system.  The project will continue into 2018.  The Joseph B. Fay Company is the prime contractor.
 
To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Liberty Bridge traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Liberty Bridge” in the subject line.  Additionally, project information including driving simulations for each traffic configuration and detour route maps, can be found at www.penndot.gov/libertybridge.
 
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com.  511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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