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Written by Jon Schmitz on .

 

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PennDOT has upgraded its 511pa.com website, which provides up-to-the-minute information about traffic. The redesigned website debuted last week.

From the PennDOT news release announcing the upgrade:

Incident and construction information is available for 40,000 miles of state roads, essentially the entire PennDOT-maintained system, plus the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The original 511PA system offered information for the 2,900 miles that make up the “core system” of interstates and select U.S. routes.

Information on current traffic conditions has improved with real-time traffic-speed data now available for 15,000 roadway miles, expanded from 659.

The site also now offers access to 30 additional traffic cameras from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, in addition to the 650 already available across the state.

Users who opt to get their traveler information on the phone will find an easier-to-use system that provides information more quickly and includes better voice recognition technology. The phone system is accessible by dialing 511 from within Pennsylvania. Users who call 511PA from outside the state should call 1-877-511-PENN (7366).

In addition to the website and phone options, motorists can sign up to receive personal travel alerts through email and text messages. The alerts can be customized by roadway, time of day and days of the week. Alerts are also available through Twitter feeds assigned to each 511PA region, as well as a statewide feed.

Since 511PA launched in September 2009, the service has had more than 3.1 million website visits, nearly 20,000 alert subscribers and 1.9 million phone calls.

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ICYMI: From Sunday print, 1 in 5 Port Authority buses runs late; you can view a complete list of on-time data for nearly every route here.

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Outbound Parkway East traffic will be restricted to one lane in the area of the 10th Street Bridge starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The restriction, which will be lifted by 6 a.m. each day, is to accommodate Allegheny County’s rehabilitation project on the bridge, which crosses the parkway between mile 70 and 71.

Single-lane closures are possible during overhead sign inspections from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on the Parkway West between Pittsburgh International Airport and Hopewell; and during the same hours Tuesday at these sites: Route 60 at the Interstate 79 interchange; southbound Route 65 at the I-79 interchange; and northbound I-79 between Warrendale (Exit 75) and Cranberry (Exit 76).

Babcock Boulevard will be restricted to alternating one-way traffic between Greenhill and Schaefer roads in Shaler from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday while crews work on fiber optic cables. Flaggers will direct traffic.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will slow westbound traffic between Butler Valley (Exit 39) and Allegheny Valley (Exit 48) interchanges at around 3 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday to accommodate an ongoing bridge reconstruction project. Police will pace traffic at 20 to 25 mph. The same thing will happen eastbound at 3 a.m. Feb. 19 and 20.

Restrictions are possible on Walton Road in Jefferson Hills, between old Route 837 and Scheinbach Road, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, as crews drill and conduct research for a future project. Elsewhere on Walton Road, shoring a hillside and shoulder will shrink traffic to an alternating one-way pattern between Dale Road and Riverview Drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Feb. 28.

Also in Jefferson Hills, drilling and research will restrict traffic on Scheinbach Road from Walton to Lobbs Run roads from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Thursday.

Monongahela Road at Pangburn Hollow Road in Forward will have lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Thursday. More research and drilling.

Port Authority’s Wabash Tunnel will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday during work on the ventilation system.

Relocation of a water line will restrict Lincoln Way traffic in White Oak to one narrow lane in both directions between Route 48 and Guice Street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through March 6.

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