Transportation
11:08 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Weekend Squirrel Hill Tunnel Closure Canceled Due to Inclement Weather

A planned closure of the outbound (westbound) Squirrel Hill Tunnel this weekend has been canceled due to inclement weather, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The tunnel will remain open in both directions this weekend, according to a news release from PennDOT. Single lane closures in each direction are expected to continue Friday evening into Saturday morning.

The closure had been planned as part of the second year of a four-year major rehabilitation of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.

Work includes removing the drop ceiling in both directions of the tunnel. The $49.5 million rehabilitation project also includes:

  •     Updating electrical systems
  •     Lighting
  •     Air control and ventilation systems
  •     Structural repairs inside the tunnel
  •     Repaving
  •     Rehabilitating the bridge that takes the Parkway East over Commercial Street between the Edgewood/ Swissvale interchange and the entrance to the tunnel

Future tunnel closures will be rescheduled at a later date, PennDOT reports.