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I-579 Overnight Ramp Closures Next Week in Pittsburgh

08/14/2020

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing overnight ramp closures on the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Monday through Thursday nights, August 17-20 weather permitting.

An overnight closure will occur from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. each night on the following ramps: 

  • Bedford Avenue ramp to southbound I-579

  • 7th Avenue ramp to southbound I-579

Additionally, single-lane restrictions may occur on I-579 in each direction at the end of next week. Additional details will be provided prior to lane restrictions occurring.

Crews will conduct work to connect underdeck lighting to a temporary power source. To allow this work to occur ramp traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detours

Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 - Cars)

  • From Bedford Avenue, take the ramp to 7th Avenue/Fort Pitt Bridge

  • Turn left onto Grant Street

  • Continue south on Grant Street

  • Take the ramp East I-376 toward Monroeville

  • End detour

Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 - Trucks)

  • From Bedford Avenue, turn left onto Crawford Street

  • Turn right onto Centre Avenue

  • Turn right onto 6th Avenue

  • Turn left onto Wood Street

  • Turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies

  • Take the ramp to East 376 toward Monroeville

  • End detour

Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge - Cars)

  • From Bedford Avenue, take the ramp to 7th Avenue/Fort Pitt Bridge

  • Turn left onto Grant Street

  • Turn left onto 6th Avenue

  • 6th Avenue becomes the Crosstown Boulevard

  • Follow Crosstown Boulevard to the Liberty Bridge

  • End detour

Bedford Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge - Trucks)

  • From Bedford Avenue, turn left onto Crawford Street

  • Turn right onto Centre Avenue

  • Turn left onto 6th Avenue

  • 6th Avenue becomes the Crosstown Boulevard

  • Follow Crosstown Boulevard to the Liberty Bridge

  • End detour

7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Cars)

  • From 7th Avenue, take Grant Street southbound

  • Continue southbound on Grant Street

  • Take the ramp to East I-376 toward Monroeville

  • End detour

7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Boulevard of the Allies/Eastbound I-376 – Trucks)

  • From 7th Avenue, take Grant Street southbound

  • Turn right onto 6th Avenue

  • Turn left onto Wood Street

  • Turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies

  • Take the ramp to East 376 toward Monroeville

  • End detour

7th Avenue Ramp to Southbound I-579 (To Liberty Bridge)

  • From 7th Avenue, take Grant Street southbound

  • Turn left onto 6th Avenue

  • 6th Avenue becomes the Crosstown Boulevard

  • Follow Crosstown Boulevard to the Liberty Bridge

  • End detour

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/ and select I-579 CAP from the navigation bar.

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 training.

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 stcowan@pa.gov. 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 1,000 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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