PennDOT District 11 is announcing long-term lane restrictions on the Elizabeth Bridge (Route 51) in Elizabeth, Jefferson Hills, and West Elizabeth boroughs, Allegheny County, will resume Monday, March 18 weather permitting.

Long-term single-lane restrictions will be implemented in each direction on Route 51 and the Elizabeth Bridge between Penneman Avenue and Elm Hollow Road beginning at 7 a.m. Monday morning. A single 11-foot-wide lane will be maintained in each direction around-the-clock through the fall of 2019. Channelizers will be utilized through Monday, April 1 when concrete barrier will be placed on the bridge to delineate traffic from the construction areas.

The lane restrictions are necessary as major improvement work begins on the $31.3 million Elizabeth Bridge Rehabilitation Project.  Improvements include concrete deck and barrier replacement, steel repairs, expansion dam replacement, bearing repairs, concrete substructure repairs, full painting, and drainage upgrades on the Elizabeth Bridge over the Monongahela River.  Additionally, five other structures at the bridge will be rehabilitated.

Swank Construction Company LLC is the prime contractor. The overall project will end in late 2019.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for traffic advisories and construction updates for the Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge and other bridge work in Elizabeth Township. Enroll by sending email addresses to Please write “Subscribe – Elizabeth Bridge” in the subject line.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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