Five major projects dominate PennDOT's work schedule in the Pittsburgh region in 2010. (1)Transportation Department District spokesman Jim Struzzi says they will continue the work from this past year on the $24 million rehabilitation of the Fort Duquesne Bridge, which is being done with economic stimulus funding. Struzzi says they will shut down sections of the bridge for extended periods including weekends.
(2)There will be more work on the Parkway East (I-376) this coming spring and summer. Struzzi says this is part of the yearly improvements to the Parkway from downtown Pittsburgh out to the Turnpike in Monroeville. The 2010 portion will focus on the outbound (eastbound) stretch between Penn Hills and the Turnpike....meaning weekend and evening lane closures. Struzzi says the good news for motorists is that stretch is 3 lanes so they can do most of the work while still keeping traffic on the Parkway East.
(3)Penndot will do rehabilitation work on the Parkway West in Robinson Township near the Routes 22/30 Interchange. Struzzi says this is also being done with the help of federal stimulus dollars, and to expect weekend closures.
(4)The long-awaited East Ohio Street (Route 28) Improvement Project gets underway in the Spring. Struzzi says in 2010 work will focus on the stretch of roadway between Millvale and the 40th Street Bridge. Work will include widening the lanes and installing a median barrier for increased safety and to push the southbound vehicles to the right lanes to keep the traffic moving and not stop at the traffic light.
Struzzi says construction on an interchange at the 31st Street Bridge to keep traffic moving on 28 without stopping will be done in "2011 or 2012 depending on funding"
(5)Struzzi says the Route 28 Etna work will continue in 2010 with reconstruction of the Northbound 28 ramp to Route 8 North. In addition, there will be rehab work on a stretch of 28 between the Etna Exit 4 and the Etna Interchange. Struzzi says this work will mean long term lane closures on Route 28 this summer.