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REMINDER: Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge Short-term Closure Today in Allegheny County


Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing short-term closures of the Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge in Elizabeth and West Elizabeth boroughs, Allegheny County, will occur today, Friday afternoon, December 6 weather permitting.

Cable replacement work will occur at 1 p.m. Friday requiring a 45-minute closure of the Elizabeth Bridge. Traffic will be detoured during each replacement.  (Note: This closure was originally scheduled for Saturday. The bridge will remain open all-day Saturday.)

Posted Detours

Northbound Route 51

  • From northbound Route 51 approaching the Elizabeth Bridge, take the ramp to Elizabeth/Glassport

  • Turn right onto North 3rd Avenue

  • North 3rd Avenue becomes McKeesport Road

  • McKeesport Road becomes Lincoln Boulevard

  • Lincoln Boulevard becomes Glassport-Elizabeth Road

  • Turn left and cross the Clairton-Glassport Bridge

  • Turn left onto southbound Route 837 (North State Street)

  • Take the ramp toward Elizabeth/Pittsburgh

  • Merge onto northbound Route 51 toward Pittsburgh

  • End detour

Southbound Route 51

  • From southbound Route 51, take the ramp to North Route 837 toward Clairton

  • Follow Route 837 (State Street) northbound to the Clairton-Glassport Bridge

  • Turn right and cross the bridge

  • Turn right onto Glassport-Elizabeth Road

  • Glassport-Elizabeth Road becomes Lincoln Boulevard

  • Lincoln Boulevard becomes McKeesport Road

  • McKeesport Road becomes North Second Avenue

  • Turn left onto Market Street

  • Follow straight onto the ramp back to southbound Route 51

  • End detour

The Department will provide information in advance of the bridge closures. With 18 pairs of existing cables that need replaced, the contractor tentatively expects to have up to three closures a week until the work is complete.

Additionally, to help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for traffic advisories and construction updates for the Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge and other bridge work in Elizabeth Township. Enroll by sending email addresses to Please write “Subscribe – Elizabeth Bridge” in the subject line. 

Please use caution when traveling through the area.

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 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 website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Cowan, 412-429-5010

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