TRAFFIC: Crashes on Fort Duquesne Bridge, West Carson slow rush-hour commute

A multi-vehicle accident on the Fort Duquesne Bridge is causing lengthy traffic backups during this morning’s rush hour.

At least two people were injured in the crash, reported at 8:52 a.m. near the Interstate 279 South ramp (Exit 1B), according to PennDOT and Allegheny County emergency officials.

One lane was blocked as crews work to clear the accident.

Other traffic restrictions in the region:

Fort Pitt Tunnel — Inbound and outbound closed overnight this week on an alternating schedule: 

▪ Tuesday and Wednesday night – Outbound (westbound) tunnel from 9 p.m.

▪ Thursday night – Outbound beginning 2 hours after the end of the Penguins game.

McKnight Road, Ross — Overnight lane restrictions, both directions through end of the month. Crews from A. Folino Construction working on lengthening left turn lane on northbound McKnight Road at McKnight Circle, and realign the concrete median island and repair curb. Lanes reopen 5 a.m. each day.

Andy Warhol Bridge — Closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic through November 2017 as part of $25.4 million rehabilitation project. The Rachel Carson Bridge (9th Street) will be used as a detour. The Roberto Clemente (6th Street) Bridge will still be closed before and after Pittsburgh Pirates home games.

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.

Liberty Bridge — The bridge’s 30-ton weight limit was restored last week after repairs from a Sept. 2 fire were completed. Also, the Boulevard of the Allies ramp to the Liberty Bridge has reopened. The ramp had been closed for reconstruction as part of the $80 million rehabilitation of the Liberty Bridge. Motorists using the ramp will find a stop sign before they get on the bridge due to continuing construction rather than the usual merge.

Ohio River Boulevard/Route 65 — Southbound Route 65 down to two lanes through November. The following ramps will close beginning Oct. 3: Chateau Street ramp to northbound Route 65, Chateau Street ramp to northbound Route 19 (Marshall Avenue) and a portion of the ramp from northbound Route 65 to Route 19 (Marshall Avenue). The ramp will close north of the cloverleaf that takes motorists to California Avenue.

Route 22, North Fayette — Westbound and on and off-ramps at the McDonald interchange closed through Oct. 28. Also, Potato Garden Road is closed for reconstruction work at the interchange. Ramp traffic will be detoured.

South Hills bus/light-rail riders — Delays of up to 20 minutes through Oct. 22 while vehicles are rerouted so crews can replace part of the T track near Station Square. Inbound light-rail vehicles from the South Hills will not provide direct service to Station Square. Inbound buses and light-rail vehicles are being detoured over Arlington Avenue and will not stop at Station Square. Passengers who want to go to Station Square can take a rail shuttle from the Steel Plaza or First Avenue stations.

Outbound light-rail vehicles will continue to use the transit tunnel but outbound buses will use the Wabash Tunnel. The Wabash Tunnel will be open only in the outbound direction but noncommercial vehicles can still use it.

Birmingham Bridge — Motorists can use the outbound lanes and the on-ramp from Forbes Avenue. The lanes and ramp had been closed as part of Joseph B. Fay Co.’s $28.5 million bridge rehabilitation project. The next phase will cause single-lane restrictions around-the-clock in each direction through Nov. 13. Bike lanes in both directions and the sidewalk on the outbound side of the bridge will be open.

Nadine Road, Penn Hills — Closed through mid-December for bridge replacement. Detour: Allegheny River Boulevard, Sandy Creek Road, Verona Road and Lincoln Road.

Saxonburg Boulevard, O’Hara — Bridge closed around-the-clock through Nov. 25 for replacement of bridge hat carries Saxonburg over Little Pine Creek between Kay Drive and Fugger Lane. Detour will be posted.

Wildwood Road, Hampton — Closed between Roland Road/Trillium Trail and Sylvan Drive as crews begin the second phase of slide remediation work, through November. Detours are posted. Crews are working around-the-clock on a $2.6 million project to secure two landslide areas.

Penn Avenue/Butler Street, Lawrenceville/Strip District — Restrictions between 31st Street and Butler Street on Penn in the Strip District and between Penn and 56th Street on Butler in Upper Lawrenceville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through late November; two lanes of traffic will be maintained during work hours, with the help of flaggers and officers.

I-79 Neville Island Bridge — Lane restrictions as needed in each direction, between the Route 51 Coraopolis/McKees Rocks (Exit 64) and the Route 65 Emsworth/Sewickley (Exit 66) interchanges, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 28.

Camp Horne Road, Emsworth — Closed for construction work, about a quarter-mile north of the Camp Horne Road and Ohio River Boulevard/Route 65 intersection, through mid-November. Crews are rebuilding a retaining wall. Traffic will be detoured using Mount Nebo Road, Interstate 79 and Ohio River Boulevard.

Route 28 ramp, East Ohio Street — The on-ramp that carries traffic from East Ohio Street to northbound Route 28 is closed through Nov. 9. The ramp will be reconstructed with a new deck and a wall will be repaired. Detours are posted: from East Ohio, turn onto Chestnut Street and cross the 16th Street Bridge, turn left onto Liberty Avenue, left onto 31st Street Bridge, right onto the ramp to northbound Route 28.

Wabash Tunnel — The HOV temporary waiver has been extended through December 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.

Strip District — Two adjacent portions of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail will be closed while the Buncher Co. cleans up the trail between 11th and 16th Streets, through November. From 18th to 21st streets, the trail will be closed until early next summer while NRP Group works on sanitation pipes for an apartment complex it is building there. Smallman Street is the recommended detour.

Gilkeson Road, Mt. Lebanon — Single-lane alternating traffic and temporary lane closures between Cedar Boulevard and the Galleria Shopping Center entrance from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 29. Project includes milling and paving, concrete pavement patching, drainage improvements and replacements of mountable curb divisors.

Steubenville Pike (Route 60), Robinson and Crafton — Single-lane traffic restrictions on Route 60 between the intersection of Noble Avenue/East Steuben Street and Lorish Road weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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 spring 2017.

Route 885/Clairton Road, West Mifflin — Single-lane alternating traffic between College Drive and Ravensburg Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Weekend work from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. may occur. Flaggers will assist motorists through the work zone.

Fox Chapel Road — Closed between Guys Run Road and Delafield Road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily for drainage repairs, milling, paving and guiderail improvements through October.

McLaughlin Run Road, Bridgeville and Upper St. Clair — There will be alternating single-lane traffic weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews conduct road improvements on McLaughlin Run Road between Bower Hill Road and Washington Road (Route 19).

Route 51/Route 201, Rostraver — Lane closures from around Vernon Drive in Rostraver to the Allegheny County line. The contractor, Golden Eagle Construction, is working on milling and base repairs. 

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