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Liberty Bridge deck replacement Phase 1B begins July 5


Last updated 7/4/2016 at 6:57pm

The next phase of the Liberty Bridge deck replacement will begin Tuesday, July 5, weather permitting.

“The phase change beginning (today) will be unfamiliar to many morning travelers as the two inbound lanes will be split by the work zone,” said PennDOT District 11 District Executive Dan Cessna. “We urge motorists to slow down on the bridge and be prepared for the new configuration.”

Beginning at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, the inside northbound (inbound) lane on the Liberty Bridge will close to traffic for approximately 30 days as crews conduct deck replacement work. The currently closed, far right northbound lane on the bridge will reopen to traffic.

The deck will be replaced one lane at a time through four separate work phases over the course of approximately 160 consecutive days.

During each phase of construction, the traffic configuration will be changed three times each weekday. Three lanes of traffic will be maintained during peak travel times and two lanes will be maintained overnight.

The traffic patterns will occur according to the following schedule:

• Two inbound (northbound) lanes and one outbound (southbound) lane will be maintained from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday.

• Two outbound (southbound) lanes and one inbound (northbound) lane will be maintained from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. each weekday.

• A single-lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each weeknight. 

vWork may occur on Saturdays and Sundays. Additional information will be provided if work occurs.

To allow each configuration to occur, a short traffic stoppage of 15 minutes or less will be implemented for each traffic switch. Crews will shift channelizers, cover signs and change message boards.

The inbound (northbound) Liberty Bridge ramp to the Boulevard of the Allies reconstruction work will continue during this new phase. The ramp will remain closed and traffic will continue to be detoured. The ramp is anticipated to reopen by Friday, July 8.

The posted ramp detour is for motorists to:

• Continue inbound (northbound) on the Liberty Bridge past the closed ramp

• Continue onto the Crosstown Boulevard toward 6th Avenue/Forbes Avenue exit

• Exit Crosstown Boulevard to 6th Avenue

• Follow 6th Avenue to Grant Street

• Turn right onto Grant Street

• Turn right onto 7th Avenue

• Exit 7th Avenue to I-579 South/I-376 East toward Monroeville/Liberty Bridge

• Keep right and take ramp to I-376 East toward Oakland/Monroeville

• Follow ramp onto Boulevard of the Allies

• End detour

Additional information will be provided on each phase of construction prior to the implementation of the new traffic pattern.

Additional restrictions include:

The ramp from the Boulevard of the Allies to the outbound (southbound) Liberty Bridge has been reduced to a single-lane. Additionally, ramp traffic has been placed in a stop condition at the bridge; The ramp will close to traffic in later phases of the project;

Southbound I-579 traffic is currently placed in a stop condition approaching the ramp from the Boulevard of the Allies. Traffic from southbound I-579 will merge into a single-lane with the Boulevard of the Allies ramp as it approaches the southbound (outbound) Liberty Bridge;

The speed limit on the bridge will be reduced to 30 mph;

The inbound (northbound) right lane through the Liberty Tunnel will be required to turn right onto McCardle Roadway from 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays;

Weekend configurations will depend on work activities and event schedules. When work is completed for the weekend, it is anticipated the traffic configuration will consist of two outbound lanes and one inbound lane. When major events at the Consol Energy Center occur on the weekend, it is anticipated two lanes will be maintained outbound and one lane inbound until two hours after the event;

PJ McCardle Roadway from Arlington Avenue will reopen to two lanes during this phase of construction; and,

Pedestrian access to the bridge is prohibited during deck replacement work.

The $80.08 million Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation Project includes deck replacement and ramp reconstruction, structural steel repairs, painting of the entire structure, concrete repairs, signage improvements and installation of a new alternating overhead lane control system.

The project will continue into 2018. Restrictions in 2017 include five weekend and approximately 26 overnight closures of the bridge, an 80-day closure of the Boulevard of the Allies in the bridge area and single-lane restrictions on Second Avenue.


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