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PennDOT District 11 is announcing short-term traffic stoppages on northbound I-79 in Sewickley Hills and Franklin Park boroughs, Allegheny County, will occur Thursday and Friday, September 22-23 weather permitting.

Short-term traffic stoppages of 15 minutes or less will occur intermittently on northbound I-79 between the Mt. Nebo Road interchange (Exit 68) and I-279 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.  The stoppages are needed for preparatory work for deck, barrier, and railing repairs on the bridge over southbound I-279. 

The work is part of the $26.49 million I-79 improvement project. Improvements include four bridge deck replacements, one bridge preservation, milling and resurfacing, preservation work on seven sign structures, installation of five new ITS signs, guide rail improvements, signage updates, and pavement marking installation. Crossovers will occur on I-79 in 2022 and 2023 for bridge deck replacement work.

The prime contractor is the Joseph B. Fay Company. Work on this project will be coordinated with other projects in the area.

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for the I-79 Neville Island Bridge rehabilitation including traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to Please write “Subscribe – I-79” 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 1,000 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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