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A nice long break from the Squirrel Hill Tunnel closures

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Please read earlier posts for other weekend road work nuggets. And check back later -- there may be more!

Now let’s start with the good: No full closure of the Squirrel Hill Tunnels this weekend! In fact, the tentative schedule doesn’t call for a full weekend closure until July 26.

Just to recap, single-lane traffic inbound occurs starting at 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with restrictions lifted by 5 a.m. except for Saturdays and Sundays, when single-lane traffic persists until 10 a.m.

On your outbound side, down to one lane at 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Restriction lifted by 5 a.m. daily, except Saturday and Sunday, when closed lane reopens by 10 a.m.

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Numerous Port Authority bus routes will see detours and temporary stop changes in Downtown during this weekend’s Pittsburgh Pride events.
 
Eighteen bus routes will be detoured all day Saturday for the Pride in the Street event and concert that will close portions of Liberty Avenue and Smithfield Street. About 40 routes will be affected Sunday during the Pride Awareness March, which begins at noon, and PrideFest at 1 p.m. Altogether, about 40 Port Authority bus routes will be affected that day.
 
Also on Sunday, regular quarterly service adjustments will take effect on about 45 routes, and 430 little-used bus stops will be eliminated. The authority recommends that weekend riders allow extra time. Details: www.portauthority.org.

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workzonePennDOT just announced new restrictions in the Route 28 work zone. Outbound traffic will face stoppages of up to 15 minutes from 5 a.m. Saturday through 5 a.m. Sunday, then overnight starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday, June 23. These stoppages will be frequent, not intermittent, and significant delays are possible. PennDOT urges drivers to use an alternate route by crossing the 16th Street Bridge and using Liberty and Penn avenues to recross at the 40th Street Bridge. No stoppages will occur for two hours after Pirates games. Inbound traffic will be reduced to one lane with the left lane closed at the split approaching the 40th Street Bridge, to allow crews to set the remaining beams for the 31st Street Bridge. That restriction will be in effect during the same time frames at the outbound restriction.

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Final realignment work begins Monday on Broughton and Horning roads at the confluence of South Park, Pleasant Hills and Baldwin Borough. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., traffic on Broughton between Park Street and Brownsville Road will be moved to a new pattern, and 15-minute stoppages are possible while crews remove barrier and perform other cleanup work. New signals will be activated at Broughton and Brownsville and Horning and Broughton. This amazing and long-awaited project, begun two years ago, is almost complete.

Long-term single-lane traffic begins Wednesday on the 10th Street Bridge connecting Downtown and the South Side as a $4 million rehabilitation project begins. It’ll be one lane in both directions with one sidewalk closed through December 2014. This Allegheny County-owned bridge was built in 1933 and its most recent inspection had it graded just above the structurally deficient threshold for its substructure. It carries about 18,000 vehicles a day.

Construction of Warrington Avenue in Allentown and Beltzhoover will move to the section between Beltzhoover and Arlington avenues on Tuesday. The road will open for a few hours Tuesday morning before new around-the-clock detours take effect around 1 p.m. The work on this section continues into September.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will close a section of McNeal Road in Hampton early on Monday for about two months. Traffic will detour 2.8 miles along McNeal, Route 8 and Wildwood Road. The Middle Road detour will continue: Middle to Wildwood to Route 8 to East Hardies. All of this is part of the replacement project for the bridge carrying Middle over the turnpike, which is scheduled for completion in October.

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Starting at 6 p.m. today, traffic will be shifted into a new pattern using the rebuilt upstream lanes on the Mansfield Bridge connecting McKeesport and Dravosburg. The shift will be completed by 6 a.m. Saturday. Traffic will remain in a single-lane pattern while work continues.
 
Our PennDOT friends to the south will hold an open house to show plans to improve the Route 88-Route 837 intersection in Carroll from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 in the Ringgold High School cafeteria.

Lanes in the work zone on Interstate 80 near Exit 24 for Grove City-Sandy Lake have reopened for the weekend. Restrictions resume on Monday.

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