PennDOT District 11 is announcing the next phase of the I-279 (Parkway North) Improvement Project in Ohio and Ross townships and the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Friday night, May 19.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday night, preparatory work will occur for a new traffic configuration south of the McKnight Road interchange for the I-279 Parkway North project.  Once the prep work is complete, the new configuration will be opened to traffic.  The configuration could be implemented as early as Saturday, but will be in place by 6 a.m. Monday morning at the latest. Motorists will see the following configuration:

  • Two southbound lanes will continue to shift from the HOV lanes back into mainline I-279 near the Venture Street interchange.
  • A single-lane of the closed portion of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes will reopen to traffic:
  • Motorists in the left-hand lane approaching the shift to mainline I-279 at Venture Street may choose to stay in the newly reopened HOV lane.
  • Motorists using the HOV lane will only be able to use the slip ramp to southbound I-279 south of the I-579/Veterans Bridge exit.  No access to Anderson Street or Stadium Drive will be permitted.
  • Additionally, motorists using the HOV lane will not have access to the North 28/East Street (Exit 2B) or South I-579/Veterans Bridge (Exit 2A) exits.
  • The Bedford Avenue HOV lane will only open prior to Penguin’s home games.
  • No HOV access in the northbound direction will occur.
  • The ramp from North Canal Street to southbound I-279 will be reduced to a single-lane to accommodate reconstruction work. The ramp will remain open to traffic but will be placed in a stop condition at I-279.
  • Mainline I-279 between the I-579/Veterans Bridge off-ramp and Anderson Street will be reduced to a single-lane.

The work zone from Camp Horne Road to the McKnight Road interchange will remain unchanged.

The $87.94 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane operation systems upgrades, sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange. Work will occur in the southbound direction in 2017.

Crews from the Trumbull Corporation and Lindy Paving will conduct the work.  Please use caution while driving through the area.  Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-279 Parkway North traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Parkway North” in the subject line.

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