• Parkway East inbound to close for several days in late December

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    PITTSBURGH - A days-long closure of the Parkway East inbound in Pittsburgh will go into effect at the end of December, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

    The closure between the Boulevard of the Allies/Liberty Bridge (Exit 72B) off-ramp and the Grant Street on-ramp will start at 6 a.m. Dec. 26 and last until 10 a.m. Dec. 30.

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    Crews will conduct roadway reconstruction work between the Allegheny County Jail and the Grant Street interchange. Bridge dam replacement work will occur on the Interstate 376 structures near the jail and the Birmingham Bridge, and concrete patch work may occur in the bathtub area of inbound I-376.

    All inbound traffic will be detoured, exiting at the Boulevard of the Allies off-ramp.

    The following detours will be posted:

    Cars

    • From westbound (inbound) I-376, take the Boulevard of the Allies/Liberty Bridge (Exit 72B) off-ramp
    • Take the ramp toward the Veterans Bridge (North 579 to 279)
    • Take the left-hand exit to Convention Center/7th Avenue
    • From 7th Avenue, turn left onto Grant Street
    • Follow Grant Street back to the westbound I-376 on-ramp toward the Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport
    • End detour

     

    Trucks

    • From westbound (inbound) I-376, take the Boulevard of the Allies/Liberty Bridge (Exit 72B) off-ramp
    • Take the ramp toward the Liberty Bridge (to Routes 19/51)
    • Continue across the Liberty Bridge and through the Liberty Tunnel
    • Turn right onto North 51/Truck 19 toward the West End
    • Take the left-hand exit to Carnegie/Airport (West 376 and South 19)
    • For motorists continuing westbound on I-376, take the ramp to Carnegie/Airport (West 376)
    • For motorists heading back into downtown Pittsburgh, bear left toward Uniontown (South Truck 19/51)
    • Merge onto eastbound (inbound) I-376 Parkway West and follow through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
    • End detour

     

    PennDOT said drivers should consider alternate routes and allow extra travel time during the closure. 

    To avoid potential lengthy delays on the posted detour routes, PennDOT also suggests taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the Allegheny Valley (Exit 48 – New Kensington/Pittsburgh) interchange and following southbound Route 28 to downtown Pittsburgh.

    Drivers may also consider taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the Cranberry (Exit 28 – Pittsburgh/Erie) interchange. Motorists heading into Pittsburgh can follow southbound I-79 to southbound I-279 (Parkway North).  Motorists heading to the Pittsburgh International Airport or points west of Pittsburgh can follow southbound I-79 to I-376 (Parkway West).

    PennDOT said drivers familiar with the area should consider exiting at the Wilkinsburg (Exit 78B), Edgewood/Swissvale (Exit 77), Squirrel Hill/Homestead (Exit 74), or the Oakland/Glenwood (Exits 73A-B) interchanges to avoid the detour route.


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