Relief in sight for bus riders; 2 more tunnel closures on horizon

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Breathing room on the bus?

Relief may be on the way for riders on several overcrowded Port Authority bus routes. As we reported in print today, schedule changes will take effect Aug. 31 on 22 routes, including added trips on 51 Carrick and the 61ABCD routes and extensions to the 75 Ellsworth and 93 Lawrenceville-Oakland routes. The story is here and more details can be found at


Tunnel vision

The Mount Washington Transit Tunnel is scheduled to close from about 11 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday for ventilation work, causing detours of bus and rail service. Rail service will use the old Allentown line and a shuttle will operate between Station Square and First Avenue. Inbound buses will go through Allentown and outbound service will use the Wabash Tunnel.

UPDATE: The transit tunnel will close again from the start of service on Sunday until 1 p.m., with the same detours in effect. The outbound Red Line will be detoured from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday during work south of South Hills Junction. Red Line vehicles will follow the Blue Line route from the junction to Willow, with bus shuttles operating along the closed portion of the Red Line. Delays are likely.

The final closure of the outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel is likely to occur on the weekend of Aug. 22-25.


Road work updates

menatworkNight owls will find single-lane restrictions of the entire length of Interstate 376 in Allegheny County tonight through Aug. 22 as crews install pavement reflectors. The work will occur from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting on the Parkway East and moving to the Parkway West.

Continuing reconstruction will cause a closure of the intersection of Swallow Hill Road and Lindsay Road in Scott this weekend. It is scheduled to begin at about 6 p.m. Friday and continue until 6 a.m. Monday. Port Authority buses will not travel on Swallow Hill from Greentree Road to Lindsay during the closure.

Lane closures are possible from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on the approaches to the lower deck of the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Inspectors will be looking things over.

The inbound Liberty Tunnel is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Having viewed the freshly painted white walls in the outbound tunnel, we’re thinking gray might have been a better choice.

Water line work will restrict traffic on Smithfield Street from First Avenue to Fort Pitt Boulevard in Downtown Pittsburgh from 7 tonight to about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Removal of rocks and debris from a hillside will close the right lane on inbound Route 28 near the Route 910 interchange from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday.

Inspection of the outbound Fort Pitt Tunnel is scheduled to restrict traffic to a single lane from 10 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Wednesday, but PennDOT typically delays the start until PNC Park traffic subsides.

Milling and resurfacing has begun on East 10th Avenue in Tarentum and Brackenridge, causing alternating one-way traffic from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weeknights through mid-November. Some Saturday nights also will see work. The project extends from Lock Street in Tarentum to Horner Street in Brackenridge and is one of those that wouldn’t have happened without Act 89, the transportation funding measure that the Legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett approved last fall.

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