Transportation
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Veterans Bridge, other Downtown Roadways to Get Major Rehab; Road Closures Planned

Starting Monday morning July 9, the bridge/ramp from Bedford Avenue to southbound I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) will be closed for long-term rehabilitation. The work will include expansion dam replacements, deck and parapet replacements, and the resetting of bearings. This is part of a larger investment to improve heavily-traveled roadways in the city.

"A $36 million investment into the infrastructure into the downtown Pittsburgh area, some big restrictions will be occurring as the month of July progresses," said Jim Struzzi, a spokesman for PennDot District 11.

The ramp from southbound Route 28 to the southbound Veterans Bridge will also be closed for rehabilitation starting this week. That portion is expected to be closed until late July.

Another big project will start Monday July 16. That will be for improvements to the ramp from Crosstown Boulevard to the Boulevard of the Allies. The closure is expected to last through late September. That will mainly impact people traveling to Oakland.

"Motorists should definitely allow themselves some extra time when traveling through the area and be prepared for the detour," said Struzzi. "You may want to check our website to look for detailed information on the detours so you can be prepared in advance so that you're not unnecessarily impeded and try to find your own way around the closure."