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I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project 

 

Northbound I-279 Parkway North Improvements Continue this Weekend in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing improvement work on I-279 (Parkway North) in the City of Pittsburgh, and Ross and Ohio townships, Allegheny County, will occur Friday and Saturday nights, October 19-20 weather permitting.

A single-lane restriction will occur on northbound I-279 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night between the Hazlett Street (Exit 3) and Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchanges as crews conduct sawing and sealing operations.

Southbound I-279 work has been cancelled for this weekend.

 

Route 4021 Camp Horne Road Paving Underway in Ohio Township

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing paving operations are underway at the I-279 Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchange in Ohio Township, Allegheny County.

Paving operations will occur through Saturday, October 20 according to the following schedule: 

  • Thursday, October 18 – Single-lane restrictions will occur on Camp Horne Road from Stone Quarry Drive to Mt. Nebo Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Friday, October 19 - Single-lane restrictions will occur on Camp Horne Road from Stone Quarry Drive to Mt. Nebo Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, October 20 – A right-lane closure on northbound I-279 at the Camp Horne on-ramp and a full closure of the on-ramp from Camp Horne Road to northbound I-279 will occur from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Ramp traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detour

Camp Horne Road to Northbound I-279

  • From Camp Horne Road, take the on-ramp to southbound I-279

  • Take the Bellevue/West View (Exit 7) off-ramp

  • Turn right onto Union Avenue

  • Turn left onto northbound I-279

  • Follow northbound I-279 back to the closed ramp

  • End detour

Work may occur on Sunday on Camp Horne Road.

  

Southbound I-279 Parkway North Sign Installation begins Friday in Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing sign installation work on southbound I-279 (Parkway North) in Ohio and Ross townships and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will begin Friday, October 19 weather permitting.

Shoulder closures will occur on southbound I-279 between the Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchange and the Fort Duquesne Bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Friday, October 26.  Crews from the Trumbull Corporation will conduct mile marker sign installation.

    

Perrysville Avenue On-ramp to Northbound I-279 Reopens in Ross Township

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing the Perrysville Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-279 (Parkway North) in Ross Township, Allegheny County has reopened to traffic.

The ramp that carries traffic from Cemetery Lane at the Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5) interchange to northbound I-279 has reopened to traffic. The ramp has been closed since April 13 to traffic due to reconstruction work on the ramp and mainline I-279.

Additional overnight closures will occur on the ramp as crews begin paving operations. Details will be provided prior to the work occurring.

 

High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes to Reopen Friday Afternoon in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing the reopening of the I-279 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the City of Pittsburgh and Ross Township, Allegheny County, is anticipated to occur this afternoon, Friday, August 31.

Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the HOV lanes will reopen to outbound (northbound) traffic. The HOV lanes will remain open in the outbound direction through Labor Day. Normal operations will resume at 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 4.

The HOV hours of operation are as follows:

Inbound 

  • Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Two or more passengers required.

Outbound

  • Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Two or more passengers required.

  • Monday through Friday 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Unrestricted use.

  • Friday 7 p.m. through Monday 4 a.m. Unrestricted use.

HOV improvements include new gates, updated signage, upgraded control system, and a wrong-way detection system.

 

Madison Avenue On-ramp to Northbound I-279 Parkway North Reopens in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing the reopening of the Madison Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-279 (Parkway North) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

The ramp that carries traffic from Madison Avenue to northbound I-279 reopened to traffic Tuesday afternoon.  The ramp has been closed since July 18 to allow crews to conduct concrete patching, paving, and widening.  Work will continue throughout the construction season before the ramp is placed in the final configuration.

 

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.

  
 
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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