Park­way North out­bound work set to be­gin

Clo­sures be­gin Mon­day for com­pli­cated project

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local News - By Ed Blaz­ina Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette

Be­gin­ning Mon­day, mo­torists who use In­ter­state 279/ Park­way North to get out of Down­town Pitts­burgh will face a se­ries of traf­fic headaches through Au­gust with the se­cond year of the $87.9 mil­lion project to re­ha­bil­i­tate the 30-year-old high­way.

Af­ter a sea­son of work on the south­bound lanes last year, work switches to the north­bound lanes be­tween the North Side and Camp Horne Road, start­ing with the clo­sure Mon­day of the HOV lanes. The lanes will re­main closed un­til March 11 while crews pre­pare a cross­over near the McKnight Road exit so north­bound traf­fic can use the HOV lanes there.

Also March 11, bar­ri­ers will be in­stalled at the Per­rysville Av­enue in­ter­change to al­low one lane of north­bound traf­fic to use the south­bound lanes as an ex­press route with no ex­its un­til just past Camp Horne Road. Mo­torists who want to exit at Per­rysville, Belle­vue/West View and Camp Horne will have to stay in the right, lo­cal lane.

Those are the first of a se­ries of changes out­lined Tues­day by Ch­eryl Moon-Siri­anni, PennDOT’s ex­ec­u­tive for District 11, that will chal­lenge mo­torists try­ing to head north from the Down­town area dur­ing the con­struc­tion sea­son. Trum­bull Corp. and Lindy Paving are the gen­eral con­trac­tors for the com­pli­cated project, which in­cludes resur­fac­ing the high­way, up­grad­ing 30 bridges and ex­tend­ing two en­trance ramps to im­prove traf­fic flow.

Crews did sim­i­lar work with sim­i­lar changes in the traf­fic pat­tern on the south­bound lanes last year.

“There’s more work be­ing done this year,” Ms. Moon/Siri­anni said. “We will prob­a­bly have more im­pacts than last year.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult to con­duct this project and main­tain traf­fic. We’re try­ing to min­i­mize the ef­fect our work is go­ing to have.”

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