PennDOT District 11 is announcing the long-term closure of the ramps from Route 65 to southbound I-79 at the Neville Island Bridge in Glenfield Borough, Allegheny County will begin Monday, March 6 weather permitting.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, the ramps that carry traffic from Route 65 in both directions to southbound I-79 will close to traffic continuously through early June as crews conduct bridge painting operations on the I-79 bridge over Deer Run. All ramp traffic will be detoured. 

Posted Detours

Northbound Route 65

  • From northbound Route 65, take the left-hand exit toward Glenfield Viaduct/Kilbuck Street/North 79 Erie
  • Turn right toward North 79 Erie onto Kilbuck Street
  • Turn left onto Deer Run Road
  • Turn left onto the ramp to southbound I-79 toward Washington
  • End detour

Southbound Route 65

  • From southbound Route 65, take the left-hand ramp to I-79 toward Erie/Washington
  • Stay straight toward North 79 Erie
  • Turn left toward North 79 Erie onto Kilbuck Street
  • Turn left onto the ramp to southbound I-79 toward Washington
  • End detour

Off-duty uniformed police officers will be staged at various locations along the detour route.

The $43 million I-79 Neville Island Bridge Rehabilitation Project includes structural steel repairs, full structure painting, bearing and deck joint replacements, deck repairs and overlays, bridge barrier repair, substructure concrete work and drainage improvements.  The project also includes concrete roadway reconstruction, guide rail replacement and preservation work on four sign structures. Additionally, preservation work will occur on the I-79 bridge over Deer Run Road, north of the Neville Island Bridge.  Motorists will see ramp closures and single-lane and shoulder closures in each direction on I-79 during daylight off-peak and overnight hours. The overall project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.

The Trumbull Corporation is the prime contractor.

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.

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