Updates from jackhammer land

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

We're back in the driver's seat after a day visiting with journalism stars of tomorrow at West Virginia University, where a candidate for student body president wants the job so much he's having voters chauffeured to the polls in a limo.

First, a bit of good news from afar on the traffic front: PennDOT has fixed a crack in the westbound Route 422 bridge near New Castle and reopened it.

THE TURNPIKE IS CLOSING, THE TURNPIKE IS CLOSING ... just for a while in the wee hours this weekend. It will be blocked in both directions from 11:30 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday between Somerset (Exit 110) and Bedford (Exit 146), for removal of a bridge that crosses the pike near mile 133. Detour cards will be available at the exits. The detour uses Routes 281, 219, 30 and 220.

Allegheny County has announced that the Sixth Street Bridge, Downtown, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday so banners can be hung for the Pittsburgh Marathon, coming May 6. We'll politely point out to the county's information ministry that the bridge has for quite some time been officially renamed for Pirate great Roberto Clemente.

Next week, it'll be back to brake lights on Interstate 79 near Bridgeville, as PennDOT continues to put finishing touches on last season's bridge and road work. Traffic will be pinched to one lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in both directions; on Wednesday and Thursday only the southbound side will be restricted during those hours.

The Glendale Bridge, carrying Carothers Avenue/Third Street in Scott and Carnegie, will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday for repairs. Local traffic will have access up to the bridge in both directions. Through traffic was advised to use Route 50 and Main Street as a detour.



Lane closures are possible at times on the Parkway West in Findlay from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday during overhead sign inspections. Inbound restrictions will occur between Montour Run (Exit 58) and McClaren Road (Exit 56). Outbound restrictions will occur at the Montour Run interchange only.

Crews also will be eyeballing the overhead signs on the inbound Fort Pitt and outbound Fort Duquesne bridges from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday, with lane closures possible.

And still more inspecting: Lane closures are possible on North Shore Drive, Reedsdale Street and West General Robinson Street on the North Shore from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through April 25, as crews check out the bridges that connect Route 65 to the Fort Duquesne Bridge.

Work to replace four light poles on the Parkway North at the McKnight Road interchange will cause eight traffic stoppages of up to 15 minutes on Saturday. Both directions will be stopped four times between 8 a.m. and noon. Four northbound-only stoppages will occur between noon and 4 p.m. The HOV lanes will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Harts Run Road in Hampton and Indiana Township will have alternating one-way traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, with flag crews controlling traffic between Saxonburg Boulevard (Route 1013) and Middle Road, starting Friday through April 30 as repairs are made to drainage and shoulders.

Stotler Road in Plum will be closed to through traffic between Ross Hollow Road and Old Leechburg Road beginning Monday for repairs to a county bridge. The detour uses Ross Hollow Road and Old Leechburg Road. Repairs are expected to last two weeks.

Bairdford Road in West Deer will have alternating one-way traffic between Saxonburg Boulevard and Bakerstown-Culmersville Road starting Friday and continuing though May 25 during milling and repaving.

More information about road work is in earlier posts.

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