Pittsburgh tunnel project delayed until spring

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PITTSBURGH– A tunnel rehabilitation project in Pittsburgh has been delayed until spring because of paint problems.


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Friday announced the Liberty Tunnels rehabilitation project delay.


PennDOT executive Dan Cessna says the bright white paint was not adhering to the walls in a way that would allow it to be washed regularly. The contractor will have to remove and repaint portions of the tunnels, and that was proving difficult because of cold weather.


The $18.8 million fourth phase of rehabilitation was originally scheduled for completion by November.


Cessna says overnight tunnel closures will resume in April and continue into July. Swank Construction Co. of New Kensington will be given extra time for the work without being hit with delay penalties.


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