PennDOT District 11 is announcing short-term closures of the Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge in Elizabeth and West Elizabeth boroughs, Allegheny County, will begin Tuesday, December 3 weather permitting.

Cable replacement work is tentatively set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, December 3 on the Elizabeth Bridge. Short-term closures, no longer than 45 minutes, will occur on the bridge during the cable replacement work. Traffic will be detoured during each replacement. 

Posted Detours

Northbound Route 51

  • From northbound Route 51 approaching the Elizabeth Bridge, take the ramp to Elizabeth/Glassport
  • Turn right onto North 3rd Avenue
  • North 3rd Avenue becomes McKeesport Road
  • McKeesport Road becomes Lincoln Boulevard
  • Lincoln Boulevard becomes Glassport-Elizabeth Road
  • Turn left and cross the Clairton-Glassport Bridge
  • Turn left onto southbound Route 837 (North State Street)
  • Take the ramp toward Elizabeth/Pittsburgh
  • Merge onto northbound Route 51 toward Pittsburgh
  • End detour

Southbound Route 51

  • From southbound Route 51, take the ramp to North Route 837 toward Clairton
  • Follow Route 837 (State Street) northbound to the Clairton-Glassport Bridge
  • Turn right and cross the bridge
  • Turn right onto Glassport-Elizabeth Road
  • Glassport-Elizabeth Road becomes Lincoln Boulevard
  • Lincoln Boulevard becomes McKeesport Road
  • McKeesport Road becomes North Second Avenue
  • Turn left onto Market Street
  • Follow straight onto the ramp back to southbound Route 51
  • End detour

The Department will provide a weekly schedule in advance of the bridge closures. With 18 pairs of existing cables that need replaced, the contractor tentatively expects to have up to three closures a week until the work is complete.

Additionally, 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 stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Elizabeth Bridge” in the subject line. 

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6 thoughts on “Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge Short-term Closures begin Tuesday in Allegheny County

    1. Good Morning,

      We have reached out to PennDOT District 11-0 to try and get an update for you. We will get back to you once we hear from them. Thank you.

    2. We just received the following press release from PennDOT District 11-0 regarding the Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge project:

      Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge Short-term Closures begin Thursday in Allegheny County

      PennDOT District 11 is announcing short-term closures of the Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge in Elizabeth and West Elizabeth boroughs, Allegheny County, will occur Thursday, December 5 and Saturday, December 7 weather permitting.
      Cable replacement work is tentatively set to begin with closures on Thursday and Saturday starting at 9 a.m. each day on the Elizabeth Bridge. Short-term closures, no longer than 45 minutes, will occur on the bridge during the cable replacement work. Traffic will be detoured during each replacement.

      Posted Detours
      Northbound Route 51
      • From northbound Route 51 approaching the Elizabeth Bridge, take the ramp to Elizabeth/Glassport
      • Turn right onto North 3rd Avenue
      • North 3rd Avenue becomes McKeesport Road
      • McKeesport Road becomes Lincoln Boulevard
      • Lincoln Boulevard becomes Glassport-Elizabeth Road
      • Turn left and cross the Clairton-Glassport Bridge
      • Turn left onto southbound Route 837 (North State Street)
      • Take the ramp toward Elizabeth/Pittsburgh
      • Merge onto northbound Route 51 toward Pittsburgh
      • End detour

      Southbound Route 51
      • From southbound Route 51, take the ramp to North Route 837 toward Clairton
      • Follow Route 837 (State Street) northbound to the Clairton-Glassport Bridge
      • Turn right and cross the bridge
      • Turn right onto Glassport-Elizabeth Road
      • Glassport-Elizabeth Road becomes Lincoln Boulevard
      • Lincoln Boulevard becomes McKeesport Road
      • McKeesport Road becomes North Second Avenue
      • Turn left onto Market Street
      • Follow straight onto the ramp back to southbound Route 51
      • End detour

      The Department will provide a weekly schedule in advance of the bridge closures. With 18 pairs of existing cables that need replaced, the contractor tentatively expects to have up to three closures a week until the work is complete.

      Additionally, 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 stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Elizabeth Bridge” in the subject line.

    1. Good Afternoon,

      We have reached out to PennDOT District 11-0 to try and get an answer to your question. We will get back to you once we hear back from them. Thank you.

    2. Good Afternoon,

      Below is the information we received back from PennDOT District 11-0 regarding your question.

      The Elizabeth Bridge is in a long-term pattern – single-lane in each direction. PennDOT is replacing the cables on the bridge which requires a 45 minute closure each time the contractor does the work. They allow one closure a day, typically at 9 a.m.

      PennDOT will be putting out a release the day before each time the bridge will close to traffic.

      Customers can sign up for email alerts by sending an email to stcowan@pa.gov with “Subscribe – Elizabeth Bridge” in the subject line. This will provide a subscriber with all the information PennDOT sends out about the project.

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