PITTSBURGH - Prep work began Monday on a 2 ½-year project to rebuild the Parkway North.
Electronic signs along the road warn the thousands of drivers who take Interstate 279 every day that construction work is about to begin. The area undergoing work spans from the Fort Duquesne Bridge to Camp Horne Road.
Starting Monday, before and after rush hour the road will be down to one lane in some places and shoulders will be blocked in others.
Crews will be building emergency pull-offs and a crossover to the HOV lanes, which will be used during construction.
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I-279 has nearly reached its lifespan of 30 years, which is why the big repairs are set to begin in April.
PennDOT will be redoing the concrete, fixing 30 bridges and fixing the walls. Crews will also be adding an anti-icing system to the bridges at the McKnight Road interchange.
Southbound lane work will be completed this year and northbound lane work will take place next year.
For drivers who live or work in the North Hills, construction could mean major issues."I leave here at 6:30 in the morning and come home at 6 at night. I'm usually going the opposite way but it definitely will prolong my commute," John Chessler said.
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