Going, gone: McArdle and Rt. 65 detours and Sam Adams Summer Ale

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

samHarbingers of a dwindling summer: schools reopen, Sam Adams Summer Ale disappears from the shelves (boooo), road and bridge construction projects end (yaaay).

Two long-running motorist headaches, the Lower McArdle Roadway bridge and the Route 65 closure at Marshall Avenue, are ended or about to end. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl clipped the ribbon on Lower McArdle on Wednesday; PennDOT will reopen Route 65 on Aug. 31.

And THIS JUST IN: Work to apply the top course of asphalt on Route 65 in Emsworth will occur on Sunday. PennDOT announced that crews will pave Route 65 in both directions between Camp Horne Road and Terrace Drive from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Line painting will also occur. Delays, traffic shifts and restrictions are likely. Long-term traffic restrictions should be lifted by the end of the month.

The McArdle project was nearly nine months late because of frequent interruptions from freight trains that pass below the span.

Route 65 at Marshall Avenue is reopening two months earlier than what the original schedule called for. The initial plan was to reopen last winter and close again in the spring, but the contractor decided to work straight through. Work at the sprawling interchange will continue into next year but closures will be on ramps rather than the mainline.

Here’s the other stuff coming up in Hardhatville:

Parkway East bathtub section will be closed to westbound traffic at Grant Street (everyone must exit) from 9 p.m. Friday to about noon Saturday. It’s a short detour but it jams pretty good, according to my field reporters.

The ramp from southbound Route 28 to the Veterans Bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday until no later than 6 a.m. Monday for removal and replacement of expansion dams. The posted detour is via East Ohio Street. That could be a hotspot in the hours preceding Bucco baseball this weekend.

The Liberty Bridge ramp to northbound Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to no later than 6 a.m. Monday. Hum some Hendrix if you get stuck on the detour, which drops you onto Forbes Avenue for a side trip through Downtown Pittsburgh. Crews will continue wall repairs.

Banksville Road will be restricted to one lane in both directions from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for an ongoing resurfacing project.

Line painting will occur on several Interstate 79 ramps from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday from Bridgeville to Crafton. Stay back lest your car get spattered -- PennDOT typically will not pay for the damage.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions between Monroeville and Irwin from 11:59 p.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday during work on the Route 130 bridge. Twenty-four mile detour takes you along Route 22, Turnpike 66 and Route 30. Any all-night diners along the way? Route 130 traffic might be stopped for up to 15 minutes at a time during the work.

Parkway North crack and joint sealing may cause short-term lane closures after 7 p.m. weekdays between I-79 and Perrysville through Sept. 7. Work concludes by 6 a.m. each day.

Westbound Freeport Road will be closed at the split to Route 28 in O’Hara from 7 a.m. Monday around the clock through Sept. 21. Access to southbound Route 28 will stay open. Your detour keeps you on Route 28 to the Highland Park Bridge, where the ramp to Aspinwall-Sharpsburg sends you back to Freeport Road. Concrete will be patched.

The northbound on- and off-ramps of Interstate 79 at Houston/Eighty Four in Washington County will be closed for resurfacing from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Routine inspection of the bridge that carries Leet Street over railroad tracks near Route 65 in Leetsdale will cause alternating one-way traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday between Washington and Beaver Streets.

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