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New Hulton Bridge is in the works

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

With last week’s opening of the new bridge over Plum Creek on Hulton Road between Plum and Penn Hills, we give you this update on a much bigger project: replacement of the Hulton Bridge over the Allegheny between Harmar and Oakmont.

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PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi said the bridge is in final design and the department is beginning land acquisition. It expects to open bids in fall 2013 and possibly start work in late fall, with the new bridge expected to open to traffic in late 2015.

It will have four lanes and be bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. It will be built alongside the rusting old lavender-colored span, minimizing traffic impacts. (Rendering provided by PennDOT.)

Meanwhile, state Rep. Joe Markosek, D-Monroeville, is praising PennDOT and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission for advancing plans to widen Route 286, the Golden Mile Highway, in Monroeville and Plum.

“This is great news for people in Monroeville and Plum who travel the Golden Mile Highway every day,” he said in a news release. “If there’s one thing the state can do to improve commerce, it is provide safe, reliable roads so residents can get where they need to go and businesses can get their goods to market. Improving Route 286 will help both residents and businesses,” he said.

Plans are to widen and repave the section between U.S. Route 22 and Sagamore Road. Mr. Markosek said the project was  included in the SPC’s draft Transportation Improvement Program, the next step toward completing the project in 2014.

Now 84 days until we lose more than one-third of our public transit. If you are one of those who are inclined to think that this will cause a full-fledged traffic and parking disaster, a black eye for the region's image and a gut punch to its business climate, consider visiting www.keeppghmoving.com to let elected officials in Harrisburg know.

A previous post today gave the area's paving schedule, but there’s much more in the way of road work. Here we go.

REVISED: Installation of an overhead message board and sign structures on Route 28 will close the inbound side from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, with traffic detoured onto the 40th Street Bridge. (This was planned originally for Monday night but pushed back because of a rainy forecast.) Bridge traffic will have access to northbound Route 28 and Millvale. Inbound traffic will be reduced to one lane in the same area on Wednesday and Thursday nights starting at 8 p.m. and concluding by 5 a.m. Northbound traffic may be stopped for up to 15 minutes at a time.

Guide rail repairs will cause short-term single-lane and shoulder closures in several locations on Route 28 in both directions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday between Harmar/Route 910 (Exit 11) and Millerstown (Exit 16).

Construction is set to begin Thursday on Boyce Road in Upper St. Clair and South Fayette. That will bring alternating one-way traffic from Washington Pike to Washington Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays. Weekend work and restrictions will also occur as needed from 6 p.m. Fridays through 6 a.m. Mondays, through late August.

Repair of a slide and reconstruction on Presto-Sygan Road in South Fayette will cause the road to close long-term at 7 a.m. Monday, June 18, weather permitting. The road has been open only to alternating traffic since the slide in spring 2011. The closure between Oakridge Road and Millers Run Road is expected to continue around the clock until mid-July.

The Fort Pitt Tunnel could use a good cleaning, and PennDOT will do that, taking traffic down to one lane inbound at 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and outbound at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Hoses turned off by 5 a.m. daily.

Short-term lane closures and traffic shifts will occur on the ramp from Route 30-Ardmore Boulevard to the outbound Parkway East at Exit 78 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday. The ramp will remain open at all times.

Inspection of overhead signs will cause lane shifts and closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday. Here’s the schedule: Monday on outbound Route 28 between the 40th Street Bridge (near Millvale Exit 3) and the Route 80-Etna interchange (Exit 5); outbound Route 28 at the off-ramp to Waterworks Mall (Exit 8); and various ramps at the I-376 Parkway West/Southern Beltway Pittsburgh International Airport interchange (Exit 53). Tuesday at various ramps at the Parkway West/Southern Beltway interchange; westbound I-376 between Pittsburgh International Airport and Clinton (Exit 52); and northbound Route 28 at the Etna interchange. On Wednesday in both directions on the Highland Park Bridge; and Route 50 in both directions at I-79 in Kirwan Heights. On Thursday, Route 22 in both directions between the Parkway West and Tonidale; and on the ramp from northbound I-79 to Route 65. On Friday, Business Loop 376 in both directions between Hookstown Grade Road and University Boulevard; and westbound Parkway West and Southern Beltway between Pittsburgh International and Flaugherty Run Road.

Drilling to gather information for future bridge replacements will cause short-term alternating one-way traffic on Route 910-Wexford Road in Pine near the intersection with Pearce Mill Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays starting Wednesday through June 25. Flag crews will control traffic.

The Wabash Tunnel will close daily through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for fan replacement.

A public meeting will be held on an upcoming project to replace four culvert structures along Route 885-Mifflin Road in Hays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hays Moose Lodge 1436, 808 Mifflin Road. The culverts are between Mifflin Road and the Streets Run/Baldwin Road overpass. In addition to culvert replacements, the proposed project includes milling and resurfacing, full-depth paving, sidewalk and curb reconstruction and other work. Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2014. Lane closures and detours will occur.

Replacement of the superstructure of the Millerstown Road bridge over Bull Creek in Fawn will cause closure of the bridge starting Monday, June 18. The bridge will close at 7 a.m. that day and stay closed around the clock through mid-October. The bridge is between Bull Creek Road and Lardintown Road.

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