• TRAFFIC ALERT: Multiple weekend events likely to slow things down


    It will be a busy and congested traffic weekend in Pittsburgh. Combine a Steelers game and a revival with ongoing construction projects, and that means motorists will need to have patience.

    Tonight on Channel 11 News at 6, Trisha Pittman will have specific details about how to navigate around the expected mess.

    The aforementioned revival is the Three Rivers Festival of Hope at CONSOL Energy Center. The major event will include 500 churches, bands and thousands of attendees.

    The man behind the event is Billy Graham's son, the Rev. Franklin Graham. Channel 11's Alan Jennings talks one-on-one with Franklin tonight during Channel 11 News at 6.

    Happening at the same time is the Steelers first home preseason game. Steeler Nation will, of course, fill Heinz Field for the game against the Buffalo Bills.

    On top of all of that, anyone headed to the Pittsburgh Zoo (or that general area) will also encounter slowness. Crews, on Friday, started resetting barriers and re-striping lines on Butler Street between the Highland Park Bridge and the zoo entrance. That means intermittent stoppages and lane restrictions through Wednesday.

    It's part of a project to repair the 100-year-old bridge, transforming Route 8.

    Frank Cartieri, vice president of the zoo, said there were minor problems at the beginning of the project with the timing of lights, but in the end, believes zoo visitors will benefit from the work.

    "This bridge will allow us a dedicated lane to come into the zoo," he said.

    Future plans include a lookout over the river and a bike path that leads from Highland Park to the waterfront.

    Route 8 is not the only major construction project. The inbound lanes of the Liberty Tunnel remain closed. That closure is part of an ongoing painting project.

    Among the other big events taking place this weekend are: the National Truck Driving Championships at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the Drake VS Lil Wayne show at First Niagara Pavilion, as well as concerts featuring Joe Grushecky and Yanni.

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