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Road work may slow traffic Downtown and elsewhere today

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

roadwork2Road crews are still out there.

Lane closures are possible until 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) on the side of the Portal Bridge that carries traffic from the Fort Duquesne Bridge to the Fort Pitt Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh, and the ramp from Grant Street to the outbound Parkway East will be closed during that time for pavement striping.

Inbound traffic on Route 28 will be restricted to one lane starting at 8 p.m. daily through Thursday between the 31st Street Bridge and East Ohio Street. The restriction will be lifted by 5 a.m. daily.

A second landslide will cause another closure of Saxonburg Boulevard in West Deer starting Monday. The road will close at 6 a.m. between Bakerstown-Culmerville and Henry roads and remain closed until Dec. 21. PennDOT completed an earlier slide repair in that area in October. The detour is via Bakerstown-Culmerville Road, Route 8 and Route 228.

Inbound Route 65 in Leetsdale will have lane closures from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday near the Cross Street intersection. The outbound side is restricted to one lane around-the-clock through late December.

Replacement of an overhead sign on the C.L. Schmitt Bridge in East Deer will cause alternating one-way traffic at times from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The bridge crosses the Allegheny River between Freeport Road and Westmoreland County.

Work is starting on a $14.8 million project to upgrade the Interstate 79 interchange with Route 228 in Cranberry. The work will eliminate left-turn access for westbound Route 228 traffic to I-79, creating dedicated ramps that can be reached with right turns. No traffic restrictions are planned for now as excavation occurs away from the shoulders. The project will continue through October 2014.

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