Liberty Tunnels closing earlier, starting Wednesday

Written by Jon Schmitz on .


roadworkaheadPennDOT has announced that the Liberty Tunnels will close in both directions at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, two hours earlier than the current schedule. The extra time will allow a contractor on the $18.8 million fourth phase of tunnel renovations to apply three coats of paint to the interior and allow drying time before the daily scheduled reopening at 6 a.m. The outbound closures will be delayed on Thursday and Saturday, however, until two hours after the end of the Penguins games.

The lane closure scheduled for the outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel tonight will be delayed until two hours after the completion of the Pirates-Reds game. The inbound lane closure is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.

Route 51 will have a northbound lane closure between Ivyglen Street and Maytide Street in Overbrook from 7 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday during demolition work. Remember, Route 88 is restricted in the same area (see Monday post for details.)

The closure of a section of Pearce Mill Road in Pine for reconstruction and slide repairs has been extended to mid-December. The road has been closed from the Route 910 intersection south to Brown Road since June. When the $2.6 million project started, PennDOT estimated the closure would end in early October. The project was extended because of the need to correct an additional slide. A separate bridge project on Route 910 in that area is on schedule and the road will reopen later this month, according to PennDOT.

The new Middle Road bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike is scheduled to open on Friday, according to turnpike spokesman Tom Fox.

Also from the turnpike, the E-ZPass express lanes at the Warrendale toll plaza will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for maintenance. Drivers during that time will have to use the conventional E-ZPass lanes that require traffic to slow down to 5 mph

Police officers have reappeared at the West End Circle to direct traffic that was backing up from the closure of West Carson Street. We reported last week that the officers were no longer being deployed there, and the result was serious delays. We got a good report on how traffic has improved since the off-duty officers were redeployed.

The Borough of Bellevue has alerted residents that Route 65 resurfacing is expected to cause traffic delays starting Wednesday night and continuing through the weekend. As soon as we get the particulars from PennDOT, we’ll post them.

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