Speed traps coming to turnpike work zones

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

reduceMind your manners in Pennsylvania Turnpike work zones this year. State police have announced that troopers bearing radar guns will hole up in orange construction trucks to catch those who speed in construction sites. Other troopers will be waiting just beyond the work zones to pull over those clocked going too fast. It’s called Operation Orange Squeeze.

Capt. Gregory M. Bacher, commander of Troop T, the unit in charge of turnpike patrols, said police “will have zero tolerance for unsafe and aggressive driving in work zones.” Fines for certain traffic violations, including speeding, are doubled in active work zones. Motorists caught driving 11 mph or more above the posted speed limit in an active work zone will lose their license for 15 days.
The outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel will be closed this weekend and next. The closures will start an hour earlier than previous shutdowns, at 10 p.m. Friday. Work will conclude and the tunnel will reopen by 6 a.m. Monday both weekends. PennDOT warns of significant delays as traffic is pinched to one lane to exit at Squirrel Hill-Homestead.

The ramp from northbound Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard to Seventh Avenue will close for about 10 days starting at 8 p.m. Friday so crews can paint overhead bridges. PennDOT recommends this detour: Stay to the right and take the Centre Avenue-Consol Energy Center exit, turn right onto Washington Place, right on Fifth Avenue, right on Sixth Avenue, right on Grant Street to Seventh.

Lane closures are possible today (Wednesday) on southbound Interstate 79 approaching the Bridgeville interchange for bridge inspection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The ramp from Old Steubenville Pike to eastbound Route 22 at the McDonald interchange in North Fayette will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Monday through late August. The right lane on eastbound Route 22 will close as well so crews can extend the acceleration lane from the on-ramp. The closures will be in place through late August. The bridge over the Montour Trail between Route 980 and Old Steubenville Pike has been closed since late February and will stay closed through late August.

Lane and shoulder closures are possible on westbound Interstate 70 between Bentleyville and Ginger Hill and eastbound from a half-mile west of Route 917 to a half-mile east of Bentleyville starting Monday and continuing through late May. The restrictions can occur at any time.

The Andy Warhol Bridge aka Seventh Street Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh will close from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and the Rachel Carson Bridge nee Ninth Street Bridge will close from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday so that banners for the Pittsburgh Marathon can be hung.

Route 88 will close in both directions between Churchill Road and Clifton Road in Bethel Park for bridge repairs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The detour is via Berryman Avenue, Stewart Road and Brownsville Road.

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