Route 65 orange-barrel fun zone to expand

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

PennDOT is adding to the Route 65 orange barrel fun zone. A $6.3 million project begins in Avalon and Bellevue on Thursday, weather permitting. It will bring overnight lane closures in both directions on weeknights starting at 8 p.m. and concluding by 6 a.m. through mid-November from Elizabeth Avenue in Avalon to the McKees Rocks Bridge. Weekend work will begin June 21 and cause around-the-clock lane closures from 8 p.m. Fridays through 6 a.m. Mondays on at least eight weekends.


A reminder:


At the Interstate 79 work zone in Butler County on Sunday, several drivers in the southbound traffic jam were forcing their way into the right lane well before the merge point, where the left lane was closed. It made things go faster for those who stayed in the left lane until the merge point, but overall, such behavior leads to bigger backups and longer delays.


roadworkaheadA week after postponing it because of bad weather, PennDOT will try again to close the southbound Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard ramp to the eastbound Boulevard of the Allies for construction this weekend. The ramp will close at 8 p.m. Friday and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday while crews seal cracks. During the same time, a lane will close on the ramp from southbound I-579 to Sixth and Seventh avenues in Downtown Pittsburgh, but the ramp will remain open and serve as the detour for traffic headed to the Boulevard of the Allies.

The Fort Pitt Tunnels will have single-lane traffic from 10 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Thursday during maintenance of lane signal lights.

Second Avenue traffic will be restricted to one lane from Brady Street to Bates Street in Oakland from 7 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday during paving.

Camp Meeting Road will have alternating one-way traffic at Magee Road Extension in Franklin Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today during relocation of a utility pole. Flag crews will control traffic.

Inspection of the ramp that carries northbound Interstate 79 traffic over Campbells Run Road toward the inbound Parkway West will close the shoulder from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The ramp will remain open.

Crack and joint sealing on Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard and Mifflin Road will cause slow-moving lane closures in both directions from the Mansfield Bridge to Lebanon Road in Lincoln Place, West Mifflin and Dravosburg from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday.

Crack and joint sealing on Route 837 between the Glassport-Clairton Bridge in Clairton and West Station Square Drive on the South Side of Pittsburgh will cause slow-moving lane closures in both directions weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through June 28.

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