Final phase of Route 28 improvement project begins Tuesday night in Pittsburgh

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PennDOT District 11 is pleased to announce a $15.4 million project to improve Route 28 in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin on Tuesday night, Dec. 17 weather permitting.

“This is the final phase of the long anticipated Route 28 Improvement project,” District Executive Dan Cessna, P.E. said. “With the completion of both the 31st and 40th Street interchanges, we are a construction season away from completing this important regional project. When finished, motorists will see significant improvements in safety and mobility through the corridor.”

The fifth phase of work includes: roadway widening and reconstruction, utility relocation, retaining walls, drainage upgrades and signing, lighting and sidewalk improvements. The prime contractor is Carmen Paliotta Contracting, Inc.

Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday night at 8 p.m., northbound traffic onáRoute 28 will be reduced to single, 11-foot wide lane from the Chestnut Street overpass to approximately 1,500 feet south of the 31st Bridge. The northbound single lane closure will occur around-the-clock through November of 2014.

Additionally, beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, the ramp from East Ohio Street to northbound Route 28 will be closed long term through late summer.

Motorists will be detoured. Signs will be posted.

• From East Ohio Street, turn right onto the 16th Street Bridge

• Follow the 16th Street Bridge to Liberty Avenue

• Turn left onto Liberty Avenue

• Turn left onto 31st Street

• Follow the 31st Bridge to Route 28

• End detour

Slow moving work will occur on southbound Route 28 during daylight hours Tuesday through Thursday as crews prepare the long term traffic configuration. Southbound lanes will be shifted adjacent to the single northbound lane.

Two southbound lanes will be maintained during peak travel times through the remainder of the project.

Motorists are advised to use caution and allow extra time when traveling on Route 28. PennDOT also reminds motorists they can call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions or log onto (includes traffic cameras on Route 28) before traveling.

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