Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Flooding Impacting Roads

Flooding due to snow melt and heavy rains Sunday and early Monday is causing road closures and traffic troubles in the Pittsburgh region. Flooding has shut down the Parkway East(I-376) Central in downtown Pittsburgh. It's known as the "bathtub" area between Grant Street and the Fort Pitt Bridge. All inbound lanes are closed. Traffic is being detoured at the Grant Street exit, then on to Fort Pitt Boulevard....to Stanwix Street....and then back to the Parkway.
PennDOT is advising motorists the interstate connector ramp from the southbound Fort Duquesne Bridge (I-279) to eastbound (outbound) I-376 (Parkway East/Central) in the City of Pittsburgh is being closed due to flooding.
The posted detour:
From the inbound (southbound) Parkway North (I-279), take Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) north (Exit 1C)
·Take ramp onto the West End Bridge
·At West End, go straight onto Route 19/51 Saw Mill Run Boulevard
·Take Saw Mill Run Boulevard south to inbound (eastbound) I-376 (Parkway West)
·Travel through inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel
·Re-enter outbound (eastbound) Parkway East
The Mon Parking Wharf and the 10th Street Bypass are also closed. The Ohio River in Pittsburgh rose to 25.7 feet at 9 a.m. Flood stage is 25 feet. Forecasters say the river is expected to continue to rise early this afternoon and crest at the Point in Pittsburgh at about 26.2 feet.
Flood warnings remain in effect for the Monongahela River near Elizabeth and Charleroi.

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