Thanks to Friends of the Riverfront, who moved quickly to make repairs to the new Hazelwood trail segment that was damaged in several areas by the recent downpours.
Tentative congratulations are in order for the parties to the tentative contract agreement between the Port Authority and Local 85 of the Amalgamated Transit Union. If it is ratified, it will spare riders, auto commuters and the region’s economy the chaos and devastation a 35 percent transit service reduction would have caused. It might do even more: it could lay the groundwork for a statewide solution to chronic underfunding of public transit and transportation in general. And when details are made public of the sacrifices that union members are making as part of this, perhaps some of the “drivers are overpaid” bellyaching will stop. OK, maybe that’s a bit too much to hope for.
On to the road work, of which there will be plenty this weekend and next week.
The westbound/inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel isn’t closing this weekend, but it will have single-lane traffic from 9 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
Down the road, the westbound/inbound Parkway East will be closed at Grant Street from 9 p.m. Friday until about noon Saturday for continuing work in the tunnel under Grant. Use Fort Pitt Boulevard as the detour. That stretch also will be closed overnight on Monday through Thursday starting at 9 p.m. Work on those days will conclude by 5 a.m.
The far right lane on the outbound lower deck of the Fort Pitt Bridge will be closed from 6 to 11 a.m. Sunday during inspection. The ramp to West Carson Street will remain open.
The ramp from the inbound Liberty Bridge to northbound Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard will be closed for wall rehabilitation from 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday.
Banksville Road will shrink to one lane for more paving work from 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday between the Parkway West and Beverly and McFarland roads. The passing and turn lanes will be closed. Short-term closures and traffic stoppages may occur on side streets. Police will assist with traffic control during brief intersection closures.
The bridge that carries Bedford Avenue over I-579 will reopen to traffic on Sunday morning. The bridge, which connects Bedford Avenue to southbound I-579 and Seventh Avenue, has been closed since early July for repairs.
Inbound Route 28 will be down to one lane between the 40th Street Bridge and East Ohio Street starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lane reopens by 5 a.m. daily. Brief traffic stoppages may occur for truck access.
Traffic will be stopped in both directions on Route 28 for about 15 minutes at the 31st Street Bridge between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday while crews drop the last two outside steel beams from the old section of bridge into the Allegheny River backchannel. The four end spans of the bridge weren’t rehabbed with the remainder of the bridge in 2007 because PennDOT knew it would be demolishing them as part of the massive Route 28 project.
Fort Pitt Tunnel washing will reduce traffic to one lane inbound at 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and one lane outbound at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. (They’ll hold off on Wednesday until Pirate game traffic subsides.) All lanes reopen by 5 a.m.
Route 837 will have lane closures, alternating one-way traffic and stoppages of up to 15 minutes in the area of a railroad overpass near the Valley Hotel and Coal Valley Road in West Mifflin starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday as railroad crews remove a walkway. Work wraps by 5:30 a.m. daily.
Inspection will cause single-lane traffic at times on Bakerstown Road at the bridge over railroad tracks near the Saxonburg Boulevard intersection in West Deer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, Aug. 13 and 16.
The ramp from westbound Route 366 Bull Creek Road/East 6th Avenue to eastbound Route 366 toward New Kensington on the west end of the Tarentum Bridge will close at approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday around the clock through late August for reconstruction.
The closure of Saxonburg Boulevard in West Deer for slide repairs has slid back one week and now is scheduled to begin Aug. 20. The affected section is between Bakerstown-Culmerville Road and Henry Road and it will close at 6 a.m. that day around the clock through mid-October.
Route 8 may have intermittent lane closures at Duncan Avenue in Hampton from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday while geotechnical crews play in the dirt to prepare for a future project.
Oak Road construction begins Wednesday in West Deer, which is fast becoming the road work capital of Western Pennsylvania. Crews will upgrade drainage and resurface about 1.6 miles from Gibsonia Road to near Bryson Road, at times causing alternating one-way traffic with flag crews directing, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays through late September.
The ramp from northbound Route 28 to Route 366 (Exit 14, Bull Creek Road) in Tarentum will close at about 10 a.m. Aug. 28 around the clock through mid-September. A $7.7 million project will improve about 1.6 miles of Route 366 from the New Kensington side of the Tarentum Bridge to the two-lane section of Bull Creek Road west of the Route 28 interchange in Fawn.
Pleasant weekend to all! If you’re going to the Pirates games, spare yourself some aggravation and plan to arrive at your parking destination no later than 90 minutes before game time, even earlier if possible. There’s great food and drink to be had on the North Shore, Downtown and, for the Gateway Clipper crowd, at Station Square.
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