Channel 11 News traffic expert Trisha Pittman will answer your questions and we'll post the most frequently asked ones here on our Web site.
You can send your questions to Webstaff@wpxi.com.
Question: Hello Trisha, could you let me know how long they will be working on the Rt. 8 south project where it is one lane at Etna?
-- Tony M
Answer: Hi Tony, The Rt 28/ Rt 8 Etna Project will see restrictions and or closures until October/November of 2010.
If you travel Rt 8 through Hampton Twp as well, the bridge replacement in the area of Duncan Rd will continue w/ a single lane pattern until June of 2010. Hope this helps.
Question: Hi Trisha, Would you suggest an alternate route for travel for us South Hills people who must travel out Rt 22 to Indiana, PA this weekend?
I'm trying to avoid the Parkway West, don't want to take the turnpike, and I thought maybe out 28 to Highland Park Bridge and then out Allegheny River Blvd and up the back side of Penn Hills to Rodi Rd.
Would that take me out far enough to miss the rolling 15 minute traffic stoppages? I see signs on Rt 22 for Old William Penn Hgwy. How do you get to that?
Thanks, Any assistance would be appreciated.
Answer: Hi Gerry, Looks like you know your way around the city! I have tried that exact alternate route myself in the past to avoid Pkwy East construction.
In theory it sounds great. However, the Penn Hills area can get congested when drivers are looking to avoid the Pkwy East. I'd say allow some extra time to skirt through those routes if you feel most comfortable going that way... the Ft Duquense Bridge will be closed and pushing traffic all over the place, Rt 28 is a single lane NB at Etna and Rt 22 is still seeing some construction in the Murrysville area as well.
Here's my suggestion:
Take Rt 51 to I-70 up to New Stanton. From there you will take PA 66 (which is a toll road). Heading toward Blairsville you can pick up Rt 22 EB/ William Penn Hwy. Then 119 goes straight up to Indiana.
-- Good Luck, Trisha