PennDOT has scheduled tar-and-chip treatments for these roads this week:
These roads will be prepared for treatment:
Strange idea of the week: Republican leaders in the U.S. House have proposed paying for a transportation authorization bill with savings from ending Saturday delivery of the U.S. mail. Transportation projects funded by the federal government are at risk of shutting down this summer if Congress doesn't approve new legislation and find a way to fix the nearly bankrupt Highway Trust Fund. Early indications are that this proposal will wind up in the Dead Letter Office. Here's what Sen. Barbara Boxer, chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, had to say:
“Late Friday, Republican leaders of the House came out with a strange plan to ‘rescue’ the Highway Trust Fund for a few months. Instead of working with Democrats to come up with a sensible user fee which has been the foundation of the Highway Trust Fund, House Republican Leadership proposes cutting back mail deliveries to American households. This idea is a jobs killer which does not even fund the Highway Trust Fund for a long enough period of time to provide the certainty that states, cities, and businesses need. This plan is a classic example of House Republicans not planning for a shortfall we have known about for years. It is ‘the dog ate my homework excuse.’ It is unworkable, makes no sense, and ignores the huge infrastructure needs we face, as so many bridges and roads are in grave disrepair. If the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee can do its job and pass a bill unanimously, then surely the House can begin to do the work needed to solve this problem -- and not kick the can down the road with a totally unrelated and unworkable idea.”
In case you haven't seen it, as part of the Port Authority's 50th anniversary celebration, it has dressed up a light-rail vehicle to look like the 1940s-era trolleys that plied our streets. The old trolleys actually remained in service on a limited basis until 1999.
Lane closures in both directions are possible starting today on Route 51 near Route 88 in Overbrook. A northbound lane closure is possible from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday from Fairhaven Road to Underwood Street. A southbound lane closure is possible from Fairhaven Road to Stewart Avenue during the same hours on weekdays through June 13. Utility crews will be working in the area.
Repaving will close a one-block section of Route 19 in West View starting today. The road was scheduled to close between Center Avenue and West View Park Drive at 8 a.m. and remain closed through July 4, with traffic detoured.
The right lane of the inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel and Fort Pitt Bridge is scheduled to close from 10 tonight to 5 a.m. Tuesday so the bridge can be washed. On Tuesday, lane closures are possible in both directions in the tunnel starting at 10 p.m. and continuing to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Work on overhead signs will cause overnight lane closures on several major highways starting today. Work will occur from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays through the morning of June 14 at these sites: Parkway West between the Green Tree and Interstate 79; I-279 and Parkway North between the Fort Pitt Bridge and the Chestnut-East Ohio Street interchange; Route 65 between the Fort Duquesne and West End bridges; and I-579-Crosstown Boulevard between the Liberty and Veterans bridges.
Sign inspections also will cause daytime restrictions on roads and bridges. The work, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will affect the following: today, Highland Park Bridge and ramps and New Kensington Bridge; Wednesday, Clairton-Glassport Bridge approach and East Pittsburgh bridge ramps under Westinghouse Bridge; Thursday, McKnight Road between Babcock Boulevard and Ross Park Mall; Friday, Madison Avenue at East Ohio Street, North Side, Allegheny Avenue at Heinz Field and Fort Pitt Boulevard between Wood Street and Stanwix Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.
A new traffic pattern was implemented today at the Rankin Bridge to accommodate construction of a flyover connection to the Carrie Furnace property.
Barriers have narrowed travel lanes in both directions on Ridge Avenue approaching the bridge and on ramps to and from Kenmawr Avenue. The county received a $10 million federal grant to build the Carrie Furnace Connector Road over three rail lines to improve access and stimulate development of a 168-acre site adjacent to the blast furnaces.
The project also calls for intersection realignment, road reconstruction and improvements to drainage, curbs, sidewalks and traffic signals.
Work to install accessible sidewalk improvements at four Boulevard of the Allies intersections in Downtown Pittsburgh was scheduled to begin Tuesday. Work will occur at Stanwix, Market and Smithfield streets and Cherry Way from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through June 20. Parking lane closures and alternating one-way traffic is possible during the project.