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Mother of all traffic jams Saturday?

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

UPDATE: LIBERTY TUNNELS ALSO CLOSING AT TIMES THIS WEEKEND ... SEE BELOW.

The inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel will close for the weekend at 9 p.m. Friday with all traffic merged into one lane and forced off at Edgewood-Swissvale (Exit 77) for a detour up South Braddock Avenue to Forbes Avenue. Long delays are likely all weekend but things could get extreme on Saturday afternoon when fans start heading to the Pirates and Penguins games and a Brad Paisley concert at First Niagara Pavilion. Avoid the area like it was radioactive. Tunnel reopens by 5 a.m. Monday. The outbound tunnel will be open.

If you must travel through the corridor, PennDOT suggests exiting at Wilkinsburg (Exit 78) and using Penn Avenue, an option that few motorists chose last time the inbound tunnel was closed. Or use the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Harmar and Route 28 or to Cranberry and Interstate 79.

The PennDOT District 11 survival guide can be accessed via link on the district's homepage.

Just to add to the fun, the Liberty Tunnels will be closed at times this weekend. The closures are timed to try to avoid the bulk of the traffic traveling to Pirates and Penguins games.

Here's the schedule:

The outbound tunnel will close two hours after the end of the Pirates game on Friday and remain closed until 6 a.m. Saturday. It will close again two hours after the end of the Penguins game on Saturday night until 6 a.m. Sunday, and again from 10 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.
The inbound tunnel will close at 10 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Saturday. It will close again at 10 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday.

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Wondering when, if ever, the Wabash Tunnel will reopen? Port Authority now says “sometime in June,” depending on the results of testing of software that controls the gates. The tunnels have been restricted or closed since Oct. 22, when a truck damaged traffic control equipment there.

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workzoneRoute 51-Fourth Avenue in Coraopolis will be down to one lane from Montour to Thorn streets starting at 6 p.m. weekdays starting today and continuing through mid-August for resurfacing. Restrictions will end by 6 a.m. daily. The work will be on the westbound side, with no restrictions going the other way, according to PennDOT.

Pipe inspection will close the northbound lane on East Carson Street between Becks Run and Mifflin roads in Baldwin Borough from noon to 3 p.m. today, PennDOT announced. Flag crews will control traffic, which will be in an alternating one-way pattern. PennDOT has advised motorists to expect stopped traffic and delays during the work.

Lane restrictions are scheduled to begin today at the intersection of Duncan Avenue-Ferguson Road and Thompson Run Road in McCandless as crews begin replacing concrete traffic islands and curbing. Traffic will be in an alternating one-way pattern on Duncan and Thompson Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through mid-June. Drivers should expect stopped traffic.

A procession following the 12:45 p.m. Mass at St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon will close Washington Road in the vicinity.

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