PennDOT District 11 is announcing a 14-day closure of the northbound Birmingham Bridge (Route 2085) ramp to Forbes Avenue in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Wednesday, March 15 weather permitting.

The ramp from northbound Birmingham Bridge to Forbes Avenue will close to traffic beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday continuously through Thursday evening, March 29 to allow crews to conduct bridge painting operations. All ramp traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detour

Birmingham Bridge Ramp to Forbes Avenue

  • Continue northbound on the Birmingham Bridge past the closed ramp
  • Turn left onto Fifth Avenue
  • Turn left onto Gist Street
  • Turn left onto Forbes Avenue
  • End detour

Preservation work on two mainline Route 885 Boulevard of the Allies bridges and several ramps at the interchange are included in this $35.41 million project. Work will include bridge deck repairs and overlays, expansion dam replacements, steel superstructure and substructure repairs, bearing replacements, full painting, concrete substructure repairs, downspout replacements, drainage repairs, signing and pavement parking upgrades and other miscellaneous construction activities. Motorists will encounter short term lane closures, night and weekend closures of the ramps and Route 885 in each direction, weekend lane restrictions, and overnight directional closures of I-376 Parkway East, long-term closures of Forbes Avenue, Brady Street, and ramps at the Birmingham Bridge. Short-term and weeknight lane closures of Second Avenue are also included throughout this multi-year project.

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