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Manhole cover snarls parkway traffic

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

If you were in that horrendous traffic jam on the Parkway North this morning, you might be interested to know that the likely cause was a missing manhole cover on the Boulevard of the Allies.

In a testament to how fragile our traffic ecosystem is, police had to close a lane, which caused traffic to back up on the Crosstown Boulevard ramp, then the Veterans Bridge, then the parkway, creating a jam that stretched past Camp Horne Road. We're trying to find out a little more, including whether Pittsburgh police think the cover was stolen. Hard to imagine any other explanation, and if it's true, there are several hundred drivers who are probably inching to drop a manhole cover on the perpetrators.

A small milestone in the Route 28 project occurs Wednesday as a PennDOT contractor puts down the final asphalt surface on a section near the 40th Street Bridge. Tonight (Tuesday), northbound traffic will be stopped for up to 15 minutes at a time after 8 p.m. as temporary barrier is removed. One lane of traffic will be maintained during paving of the northbound side from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday; the southbound lanes will be closed after 8 p.m. next Tuesday (the day after Memorial Day) for paving there. Traffic will be detoured across the 40th Street Bridge. Things will return to abnormal by 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Replacement of a digital message sign on the inbound Parkway East at Penn Hills will squeeze traffic to one lane from 9 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

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Pittsburgh police will conduct roving DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints in the South Hills and West End sections of the city this weekend, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting Friday.

Inspection of an overhead sign on Business Loop 376 in Moon will cause short-term lane closures in both directions between International Drive and Flaugherty Run Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Bridge work on Freeport Road in Harmar will continue through June 30, with a continuing restriction to one narrow lane in both directions in the area between the Hulton Bridge and Guys Run Road, according to PennDOT.

A resurfacing project on Route 910 in West Deer, Indiana Township and Richland will cause alternating one-way traffic starting the day after Memorial Day on these two sections: from the northern bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Indiana Township to Mountain View Road in West Deer, and from Route 8 to Hardt Road in Richland. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through mid-June.

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