PennDOT District 11 is announcing a weekend ramp closure at the I-376 Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) interchange in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Friday night, August 5 through Monday morning, August 8 weather permitting.

The ramp that carries traffic from the southbound (outbound) Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885) to eastbound (outbound) I-376 Parkway East will close to traffic from 8 p.m. Friday night continuously through 5:30 a.m. Monday morning as crews conduct expansion dam replacement work. Ramp traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detour

Southbound Route 885 (Boulevard of the Allies) to eastbound (outbound) I-376 (Parkway East)

  • Continue southbound on the Boulevard of the Allies past the closed ramp
  • Turn right onto Bates Street
  • Turn left onto the ramp to East 376 toward Monroeville
  • End detour

A single-lane restriction will occur in both directions of I-376 under the ramp during this closure. The westbound closure will be coordinated with work occurring at the Oakland/Glenwood (Exit 73) which requires I-376 to be reduced to a single lane of traffic for the weekend.

Additionally, overnight ramp closures will occur according to the following schedule:

  • Wednesday night, August 3 at 9 p.m. to Thursday morning, August 4 at 6 a.m. – The eastbound (outbound) I-376 ramp to Forbes Avenue/Oakland (Exit 72A) (Posted detour see below)
  • Thursday night, August 4 at 8 p.m. to Friday morning, August 5 at 5:30 a.m. – The southbound (outbound) Boulevard of the Allies ramp to eastbound (outbound) I-376 Parkway East (Posted detour see above)

Posted Detour

Eastbound (outbound) I-376 (Parkway East) ramp to Forbes Avenue/Oakland (Exit 72A)

  • Continue on eastbound I-376 past the closed ramp
  • Take the ramp to Edgewood/Swissvale (Exit 77)
  • Bear right toward Swissvale
  • Turn left onto Monongahela Avenue
  • Turn left onto South Braddock Avenue
  • Take the ramp to I-376 toward Pittsburgh
  • From westbound I-376, take the ramp to North 885 Oakland (Exit 73B)
  • Bear right onto Bates Street
  • Turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Turn right onto Craft Avenue
  • Follow Craft Avenue to 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.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Route 885 Boulevard of the Allies traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Boulevard of the Allies” in the subject line.

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