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HOV Improvements Begin Next Week in Pittsburgh and Ross


Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing the closure of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Ross Township and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Tuesday morning, April 2.

The HOV lanes will close to traffic long-term beginning at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning continuously through mid-June. Crews will conduct concrete patching, inlet modifications, paving operations, installation of anti-icing system, strip sealing on expansion dams, rebuilding of mountable curbs and islands, installation of fast acting gates, installation of new lane control system overhead signs, ITS improvements, and pavement marking installation.

The HOV 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. The overall project is anticipated to be complete in mid-June 2019.

Crews from the Trumbull Corporation and Lindy Paving will conduct the work.  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 Please write “Subscribe – Parkway North” in the subject line.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Cowan, 412-429-5010

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