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Simple solution for jams at Bridgeville exit?

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Reader Paul E. offers what seems like a sensible suggestion to ease the afternoon traffic jams at the Bridgeville interchange of Interstate 79.

Currently, southbound traffic that exits there has two lanes to turn right toward Bridgeville and one to go left toward Cecil at the traffic signal at the end of the ramp.

Paul suggests that PennDOT take out a traffic island and make the center lane an optional left or right turn. Inexpensive, simple and it would ease the backups from the traffic light that can stretch all the way back to the highway mainline. We’re waiting to hear what PennDOT thinks of the idea.

The traffic headline of the day is the coming weekend's full closure of the inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel. It will be shuttered from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. All inbound traffic is forced off in a single lane at Edgewood-Swissvale. Drivers are urged to check conditions on the PennDOT District 11 website before traveling. The site includes camera views and estimated travel times on the detour route, where delays of up to two hours have been reported. Often the best bet for westbound travelers is to use the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Allegheny Valley and take Route 28 into town. PennDOT has not yet determined whether this will be the last closure of the construction season.

The ramp from inbound Route 65 to California Avenue will remain closed through mid-November as crews paint bridges above the ramp. Traffic is detoured using Beaver Avenue to the turnaround to California Avenue. A single-lane closure will remain on Chateau Street. This closure began Oct. 12 and was originally scheduled to end in late October.

Also on Route 65, short-term lane closures are possible between Chestnut Street in Sewickley and the Beaver County line from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through late November during signal work.

Short-term lane closures may occur on Route 885-Mifflin Road between Slate Street and Doerrville Avenue in Hays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through mid-November. Short-term restrictions may also occur on Slate Street and Doerrville Avenue. Crews are taking core samples for a possible future project.

Lane closures are possible on the McKees Rocks Bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays starting Thursday and continuing to mid-November during inspections.

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