TRAFFIC: Crash closes Washington Boulevard during rush hour

A two-vehicle accident has shut down Washington Boulevard Friday morning from Negley Run Road to Allegheny River Boulevard in the Highland Park/Lincoln-Lemington areas of Pittsburgh. Travel lanes in both directions are closed.

There was no immediate report of serious injuries. The crash, reported around 6:15 a.m., brought down power lines.

Other traffic restrictions:

St. Patrick’s Day parade street closings — Several main thoroughfares throughout Downtown Pittsburgh will be closed Saturday due to the parade:

▪ Street closures will begin at 7:30 a.m. along the parade route, which includes Liberty Avenue, Grant Street, the Boulevard of the Allies and the parade’s end at Stanwix Street. Roads leading into Market Square will be closed to through traffic. The parade forms on Liberty Avenue from 11th to 26th streets.

▪ There will be access to the parking garage at the Hilton Garden Inn via Forbes Avenue. Access to the residential parking garage on McMasters will be via Fifth Avenue.

▪ Streets will re-open around 1 p.m. 

▪ More than 50 Port Authority buses will be detoured during the parade, but service will still be maintained. Two-car light rail trains will be running on the red and blue lines throughout the day from 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visit the Port Authority website for more detailed detour information.

Interstate 279 — Intermittent lane and shoulder restrictions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in both directions between the Fort Duquesne Bridge and the Camp Horne Road (Exit 8) interchange in Ross and Ohio Township for bridge dam and emergency pull-off surveys.

Interstate 376/Moon, Findlay — Intermittent single-lane restrictions between Beaver County and the McClaren Road (Exit 56) interchange, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. westbound and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastbound as crews from Swank Construction begin median crossover work as part of the $66.34 million roadway reconstruction project.

Route 65/Ohio River Boulevard -— PennDOT has announced long-term lane restrictions on northbound Route 65/Ohio River Boulevard as part of a $25.3 million improvement project:

▪ Lane closures near eastbound ramps between Business Loop 376/Flaugherty Run and Clinton Road adjacent to eastbound I-376 for concrete patching and roadway rehabilitation work, through April 5.

▪ A lane will be closed from Fort Duquesne Bridge to the West End Bridge and from West End Bridge to the McKees Rocks Bridge. Around-the-clock closure lasts through Sept. 7. Two 11-foot lanes will be maintained. Work will include concrete patching, an asphalt overlay, bridge reconstruction, base repairs, drainage and guide rail updates, new signs, retaining wall repairs and pavement-marking installation.

▪ Also, the Beaver Avenue ramp/tunnel to southbound Route 65 is closed around-the-clock through April 6.

▪ Single-lane restriction along Route 65 — between Walnut Street in Sewickley and Edgeworth — Friday in both directions from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Crews are cleaning storm sewers.

Liberty Bridge/Tunnel — Survey work and platform installation continue through March 17 with these restrictions:

▪ Liberty Tunnel overnight closures, one direction at a time, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for inspections, on the following schedule: Outbound (southbound), March 5-9 and March 26-30; inbound (northbound) March 12-16 and March 19-22.

▪ Single lanes closed on Liberty Bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays in each direction. Lane restrictions on the Liberty Bridge will be coordinated with events at the PPG Paints Arena.

▪ I-376/Parkway East — Lane closures in each direction in the Liberty Bridge area from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights.

▪ Boulevard of the Allies — An outbound right-hand lane closure between Grant Street and the ramp to the Liberty Bridge, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The ramp will remain open to traffic.

▪ On Second Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays in each direction between Municipal Court Drive and Ross Street.

Glenwood Bridge — The next phase of the $17 million Glenwood Bridge interchange rehabilitation project involves the following restrictions:

▪ Around-the-clock single-lane restriction through November in each direction of Route 885 for bridge work over the northbound Route 837 ramp to southbound Route 885. One lane of Route 885 will remain open in each direction.

▪ Southbound Route 837 ramp to northbound Route 885 will be closed to traffic around-the-clock through late July. Traffic will be detoured.

▪ Around-the-clock single-lane closure on northbound Route 885 in the area of the closed southbound Route 837 ramp to northbound Route 885, through November. One lane will remain open on northbound Route 885.

▪ Weeknight closures of southbound Route 837 to southbound Route 885 and Glass Run Road through March 17.

▪ Route 837 traffic to southbound Route 885 will detoured at the Hot Metal Bridge, but southbound Route 837 traffic may continue to Becks Run Road.

▪ Also, four weekend closures will occur. PennDOT says more information will be provided once the closures are scheduled.

Gass Road, Ross — A new traffic pattern for motorists traveling Gass Road near Highland Avenue. The state has installed stops sign at the intersection in both directions and the police department is urging drivers to use caution while navigating through the intersection.

Fort Pitt Tunnel — Overnight lane restrictions in the outbound (westbound) tunnel weeknights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through March 10. Restrictions will not occur until two hours after the end of any Penguins home game. Also, a single-lane restriction on the outbound (westbound) Parkway West/Interstate-376 between the Fort Pitt Tunnel and the Route 51 overpass. Crews from Mosites Construction are installing an extension to the fire suppression standpipe system in the tunnel.

Route 19/Cochran Road, Mount Lebanon — Single-lane alternating traffic between Beverly Road and Washington Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays through April 28. Crews from Lindy Paving continuing work on $2.79 million improvement project.

Indiana Township -—Little Deer Creek Valley Road closed for slide remediation work through May 6, between Krnyevich Lane and Lefever Hill Road/Log Cabin Road.

East Lacock Street, North Shore — Closed between Federal and Sandusky streets on the North Shore until March 10 while Frank J. Zottola Construction Inc. repairs a sink hole. Crews had to repair a similar sink hole in the same block in late 2015. City Public Works Director Mike gable said the problem occurs because the road was built in the 1980s on unstable fill dumped into basements during construction of ramps for Interstate 279.

The work will involve removing some of the old fill, dumping in clean fill and compacting it before pouring new concrete.

Posted detours:

• East bound on Lacock Street: Right turn onto Federal Street, left turn onto General Robinson Street, left turn onto Sandusky Street.

• West bound on Lacock Street: Left turn onto Sandusky Street, right turn onto Isabella Street, right turn onto Federal Street.

Entry and exit to parking lot BLUE 7F will be from Sandusky Street. Entry and exit to parking lot BLUE 10 will be from Federal Street.

Any Port Authority bus routes affected will follow the posted detour.

Franklin Park — Big Sewickley Creek Road Bridge closed for deck replacement between Rochester Road and Warrendale Bayne Road. Around-the-clock closure through April 27. Traffic detours are posted.

North Versailles — East Pittsburgh McKeesport Boulevard lane closures between Westinghouse Street and Maryland Avenue, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 28.

Noblestown Road, Collier -— Single-lane restriction from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Pinkerton Run Road and Nike Site Road. Crews from Pennsylvania Drilling Co. will conduct pavement drilling and research activities.

Clifton Road, Bethel Park — Gas line work will restrict the road to single-lane, alternating traffic between Kings School Road and Brush Run Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 15. Also single-lane alternating traffic on Irishtown Road/Braun Road during the same period.

Gilkeson Road, Mt. Lebanon — Gas line work causing single-lane restrictions between Route 19 and Old Gilkeson Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through April 28. One lane in each direction will be maintained at all times. Crews from M. O’Herron Co. will conduct the work.

Andy Warhol Bridge — Closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic through November as part of $25.4 million rehabilitation project. The Rachel Carson Bridge (9th Street) will be used as a detour. The detour also will reroute about 350 Port Authority buses a day to Carson, according to the Port Authority. The detoured routes will be routes 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 and the O5. The Carson Bridge is expected to be rehabbed in 2018 and the Clemente Bridge in 2020.

Wabash Tunnel — The Federal Transit Administration is allowing the HOV waiver will remain in place permanently to allow vehicles with fewer than two occupants to use the tunnel during peak hours, alleviating possible congestion on other roads caused by the Liberty Bridge rehabilitation project. The Wabash Tunnel, which opened as a commuter tunnel in December 2004, provides a shortcut for motorists from Route 51 to the South Side and Downtown Pittsburgh.

East Pennview Street, Shaler — Closed for bridge replacement. Pine Creek Bridge No. 11, about a quarter mile west of the intersection of Pennview and Route 8, through the spring.

Travel tools:

511PAConnect — Provides information updates to motorists via automated phone or text message in the event of a long-term road closure due to accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or other state roadways. Only activated during prolonged, emergency roadway stoppages that are expected to last four or more hours. Also gives emergency crews a clearer picture of who is in a trapped vehicle and where they are, so agencies can better plan use of resources.

Affected travelers will be instructed to visit to register for closure updates by providing their phone number and other information such as the type of vehicle and number of occupants.

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