Avoiding the weekend road work

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Reposting some weekend traffic advisories for your viewing pleasure, with updates.

The ramp from the Liberty Bridge to northbound I-579-Crosstown Boulevard has reopened after a morning closure.

Oliver Avenue has been closed to thru traffic between Wood and Smithfield streets this week because of a water main break near the old Saks Fifth Avenue that damaged underground utilities. This has proven to be a royal pain for transit riders because traffic from the parking garage on Oliver must exit on Wood, where several South Hills buses operate. The Port Authority says it will take at least until Monday morning for Duquesne Light to finish repairs and backfill the hole in the street. A handful of bus routes that use Oliver are on detour. UPDATE: The city has stationed a traffic cop at Wood and Oliver to speed things up a bit.

If you're headed up to wine country in northwest Pennsylvania, be advised that Interstate 79 bridge construction in northern Butler County reduces traffic to one lane in both directions at U.S. 422. It usually backs up on the northbound side around mid-afternoon on Friday. Southbound backups are a fact of life on Sundays, starting in the early afternoon. Using Route 19 between Portersville and Grove City adds 10 to 12 minutes to travel times but that beats sitting in traffic for 20 or 30 minutes during those peak periods.


The 36th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race is on Sunday morning and will close streets Downtown and in Oakland and Squirrel Hill. Information for runners, spectators and those who wish to avoid the entire thing will appear in Saturday’s print edition.


There’s lots more to look out for in your weekend travels (see below) but no closure of the Squirrel Hill Tunnels — just the usual morning lane closures that end by 10 a.m.

menatworkThe Liberty Bridge will have lane closures all weekend in both directions to allow a contractor to remove pavement and get a look at the condition of the deck structure. The fun starts at 10 p.m. Friday and restrictions will lift no later than 6 a.m. Monday.

Washington Road-Route 19 in Mt. Lebanon will have lane closures as work there continues. Traffic in the northbound lanes will be shifted to the southbound side, with one lane open both ways, from Connor/Gilkeson Road to Alfred Street from 10 p.m. Friday to approximately 10 a.m. Saturday. At 10 p.m. Saturday, southbound traffic moves to the northboard side with one lane open both ways until 6 a.m. Sunday. Lane closures also will occur on Connor and Gilkeson near the Route 19 intersection as crews place pavement markings.

Replacement of a grade crossing will cause a detour on the Red Line this weekend. The Dormont Avenue crossing will be replaced, with the detour in effect in both directions from 7 p.m. Friday through the end of service Sunday. Red Line service will detour via the Blue Line between Overbrook Junction-Willow and South Hills Junction. A rail shuttle will operate between Overbrook Junction and Dormont. Bus shuttles will operate between Dormont and Fallowfield. Another rail shuttle will connect Shiras and South Hills Junction.

So, if we’ve got this straight, here is the itinerary for a ride from Mt. Lebanon to Downtown: board train, ride to Dormont, switch to bus shuttle, ride to Fallowfield, board rail shuttle to South Hills Junction, transfer there to inbound Red Line train. Easy peasy!

Parking restrictions and changes to traffic patterns on Dormont Avenue will be posted during the work. Part of the lower lot of Dormont park-n-ride is closed through Oct. 6 for staging of construction equipment.

Bridge inspection will close a lane of the outbound Parkway East where is crosses Swinburne and Frazier streets in Greenfield from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday. No restrictions inbound.

The Roberto Clemente Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh will be closed from noon to 10 p.m. today. A 40-foot rubber duck will be placed in the river. We are not making this up.


Pitt’s homecoming festivities will close Bigelow Boulevard between Forbes and Fifth avenues from 6 p.m. today to 2:30 a.m. Saturday for a fireworks extravaganza and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for staging of buses to haul the student body to Heinz Field for a gridiron tilt with the University of Virginia.

An early heads-up for next week: Route 88 will have alternating one-way traffic between Route 51 and Tariff Street starting at 7 p.m. Monday and continuing every weeknight through early November, for relocation of a gas line in preparation for the big Route 51-Route 88 intersection project. The traffic restriction will be lifted by 6 a.m. daily.

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