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Liberty Bridge Remains Closed in Pittsburgh

09/09/2016

                                                                                              
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2016
 
Liberty Bridge Remains Closed in Pittsburgh
 
Pittsburgh, PAPennDOT District 11 is announcing the continued closure of the Liberty Bridge (Route 3069) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, as PennDOT and transportation partners work to repair the damaged structure through Monday, September 19.
 
The Liberty Bridge has been closed to traffic since Friday, September 2 due to a fire that damaged approximately 30 feet of a compression chord of the deck truss. The damaged chord requires the installation of jacking brackets and struts.
 
“Due to the complexity of fabricating 150 repair parts, the contractor needs to extend the initial time projected to complete the repair,” said H. Daniel Cessna, P.E., District Executive for Engineering District 11-0.  “Due to the complexity of installing the repair parts, all bolt holes will be drilled onsite, rather than at the fabrication shop.”
 
Designs for the bridge repair were finalized and approved by consulting engineers on Wednesday. The repair parts are currently being fabricated, with plans for delivery to the bridge from Saturday to Tuesday. Onsite fabrication and installation will be continuous throughout the week. Jacking operations will begin after installation is complete, and continue through the weekend. 
 
“Every effort is being made to ensure the safety of this repair,” said Cessna. “While we wish the work did not result in a continuance of the bridge closure, we must take the necessary time and actions to make the bridge fully safe to accommodate traffic.”
 
All bridge traffic will continue to be detoured.
 
POSTED DETOURS
 
Northbound (Inbound)
·        Take Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) northbound
·        Take the exit to I-376 West/US 19 South toward Carnegie/Airport/West End
·        Take Exit 69A toward US 19 South/Banksville Road
·        Keep left and loop back to I-376 eastbound toward Fort Pitt Tunnel
·        Follow eastbound I-376 through Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge
·      For access to I-279 destinations follow I-279 signage, all other destinations take exit toward I-376 East/Monroeville
·      Take the left exit 71A to Grant Street
·      Turn left onto Grant Street
·        End detour
 
Southbound (Outbound) From Downtown Pittsburgh
·        Take Grant Street to I-376
·        Take the ramp to West I-376 toward Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport
·        Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
·        Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
·        Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
·        Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
·        Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
·        End detour
 
Southbound (Outbound) From Westbound Route 885 (Boulevard of the Allies)
·        From the Boulevard of the Allies take the ramp to North I-579 to I-279 Veterans Bridge Exit
·        Take the Convention Center/7th Avenue Exit
·        Turn right onto Grant Street
·        Turn left onto 11th Street
·        Continue straight onto the 10th Street Bypass
·        Take the I-376 West Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport Exit
·        Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
·        Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
·        Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
·        Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
·        Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
·        End detour
 
Southbound (Outbound) From Route 380 (Bigelow Boulevard)
·        From PA 380, take the Consol Center/6th Avenue Exit
·        Take the 6th Avenue Exit
·        Turn right onto Grant Street
·        Turn left onto 11th Street
·        Continue straight onto the 10th Street Bypass
·        Take the I-376 West Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport Exit
·        Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
·        Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
·        Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
·        Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
·        Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
·        End detour
 
Southbound (Outbound) From I-279 Parkway North
·        From southbound I-279, take the I-279 South Fort Pitt Bridge Exit
·        Take the South I-279/To I-376 Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport Exit
·        Take the West I-376 Fort Pitt Bridge Exit
·        Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
·        Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
·        Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
·        Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
·        Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
·        End detour
 
To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Liberty Bridge traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe – Liberty Bridge” in the subject line.  Additionally, project information including driving simulations for each traffic configuration and detour route maps, can be found at www.penndot.gov/libertybridge.
 
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com.  511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Yasmeen Manyisha, 412-429-5044 (office), 412-292-9357 (cell)
 
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