Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is
announcing the reopening of two ramps on the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector
project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Friday morning,
The ramps from 7th Avenue and Bedford Avenue to southbound
I-579 will reopen to traffic at 6 a.m. Friday morning. The ramps were closed on
January 4 to allow crews to conduct the construction of the last pier and
columns, relocate the drainage to each ramp, and reconstruct the pavement
will occur on the ramps as work continues on the overall project. Additional
details will be provided prior to the restrictions being implemented.
The $29.34 million
project, sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh and the Sports and Exhibition
Authority, consists of the construction of a structure spanning I-579 to link
downtown Pittsburgh and the Hill District. In part, the Cap project will create
a new three-acre greenspace which will include pedestrian pathways, bicycle
routes, rain gardens for stormwater management, and design elements from
neighborhood artists. Additional construction activities include retrofitting
existing retaining walls and bridges to accommodate the new structure, roadway
reconstruction, drainage improvements, traffic signals, highway lighting, ITS,
and landscaping. For additional details on the project including information on
sustainability, funding, and public input please visit http://www.pgh-sea.com/LHR-i579cap.htm.
The Joseph B. Fay
Company is the prime contractor.
Work on this project
will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of
Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will
include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and
job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant
To help keep motorists
informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for
I-579 Crosstown Boulevard traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll
by sending email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Subscribe – I-579
Cap Project” in the subject line.
Motorists can check
conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter
conditions on 2,900 miles, 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
950 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
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Cowan, 412-429-5010
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