Outbound Liberty Tunnel to close tonight for 16 days

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PITTSBURGH —

Beginning Friday night, the outbound Liberty Tunnel will shut down for the next 16 days while PennDOT crews complete a $19 million upgrade.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, the outbound tunnel will close until July 28. An estimated 45,000 people use the Liberty Tunnels on a daily basis – hence this closure will affect a lot of people.

Steve Cowan, with PennDOT, said crews will be painting the inside of the tunnel.

“At the end of 2013, crews began painting but there was a problem with surface preparation and the paint was peeling off so we went on a hiatus for the winter,” Cowan said.

Channel 11’s Trisha Pittman will monitor the traffic updates and detours every weekday morning on Channel 11 News.

Check out Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic’s videos on the left for more info on detours.