PennDOT again will close the outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel for construction this weekend, but with a twist -- the on-ramp to the outbound Parkway East at Edgewood-Swissvale also will close, sending drivers on a detour from the usual detour. The tunnel and ramp will close at 10 p.m. Friday and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.
This weekend’s work has two posted detours. A daylight detour (in effect 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.) follows Forward Avenue, Beechwood Boulevard and Forbes Avenue to a left on South Braddock Avenue, right on Penn Avenue through Wilkinsburg to Ardmore Boulevard and the on-ramp in Forest Hills.
The night detour uses Murray Avenue instead of Forbes Avenue. The use of different detours is to reduce traffic jams in the Squirrel Hill business district by day, and residential-area traffic by night.
The inbound tunnel will remain open through the weekend.
Delays of more than 90 minutes were reported during last weekend’s closure. PennDOT recommends avoiding the area if possible.
Gasoline prices in Western Pennsylvania dropped 8 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.56, AAA Fuel Gauge reports. Pennsylvania ranks 24th in the country for the state average price of gasoline, $3.49. The lowest average price as of Tuesday was Wyoming at $3.334 and the high was Hawaii at $4.366. The Western Pennsylvania average is 4 cents above the national average of $3.52. In recent weeks, we had been 20 cents higher, so that’s a nice development. The national average has dropped 16 cents in the past month and is 34 cents below the average a year ago.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike will install recharging stations for electric vehicles at four service plazas this summer: Oakmont, New Stanton, Bowmansville in Lancaster County and King of Prussia in Montgomery County. They will be in the rear of the parking lots, behind the service plaza buildings. Customers can pay with credit cards. The price will be announced before the stations open. Eventually, all 17 service plazas will be equipped to juice your Prius or Volt.
Seth Gernot, an expert on bike tours of the Great Allegheny Passage, our soon-to-be 335-mile connection to Washington, D.C., will teach a class on how to prepare — how to equip your bike and yourself and where to stay overnight — on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at Bruno Works, 945 Liberty Ave., Suite 500, in Downtown Pittsburgh. Free to the people, and you’re welcome to pack a lunch.
Intermittent lane closures are possible for the next three months on the sister bridges over the Allegheny River in Downtown Pittsburgh as crews make steel repairs. Work will begin on the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Friday, with traffic restricted to one lane in both directions. The work will progress to the Andy Warhol and Rachel Carson bridges. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and no more than one bridge at a time will be restricted, per Allegheny County public works.
Audubon Road will be closed from Fern Hollow Road to Little Sewickley Creek Road in Sewickley Heights from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday during paving.
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The warm weather has brought out PennDOT line painting trucks, and its annual admonition to motorists to stay back 250 feet, or about 13 car lengths, lest your vehicle get painted, too. Don’t pass a paint truck unless crews direct you to do so. Trucks will occasionally pull over to let traffic by. The paint dries in two to three minutes. PennDOT is not responsible for most paint damage.
UPDATE: This work has been postponed: The two center lanes on both decks of the Fort Pitt Bridge will close overnight starting at 10 p.m. today for repairs to crash barriers, PennDOT announced. Work will be completed and the lanes reopened by 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Yep, it’s happening again. The outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel will close from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday. Delays on the detour route through Squirrel Hill topped 90 minutes at times last weekend. Tentative plans call for additional outbound closures May 10-13 and May 17-20.
Several weekend detours are planned on the Red Line of the Port Authority’s Light Rail Transit system to allow track repairs in Beechview. On Saturday and Sunday, inbound service will operate from South Hills Village to Overbrook Junction, then detour via the Blue Line route to South Hills Junction, where it will resume regular routing. Rail shuttles will operate between Overbrook Junction and Potomac and bus shuttles will serve stops from Potomac to South Hills Junction. Outbound service will operate normally. Inbound work and detours also are tentatively scheduled for April 27-28, May 11-12 and May 18-19.
PennDOT has closed the turnaround from Chateau Street to Beaver Avenue near the Route 65 Marshall Avenue interchange to begin construction of a new pedestrian ramp. The turnaround will be closed around the clock through May 31. The posted detour is to continue on Chateau to a left on Island Avenue, left on Preble Avenue, left on Branchport Street to Beaver.
A section of Mount Troy Road Extension between Mount Troy Road and Peoples Township Road in Ross has been closed. It is scheduled to reopen by the end of the day on Friday May 3. Drainage and pavement work will be performed.
Interstate 80 road work will cause lane restrictions in both directions east and west of the Grove City-Sandy Lake exit for the rest of the week.
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