Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is
announcing the lifting of the outbound (northbound) 2+ occupant requirement on
the I-279 and I-579 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Ross Township and the
City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Wednesday, January 11.
Due to utility work
occurring near the Washington Place, Bedford Avenue, Bigelow Boulevard
intersection, the HOV 2+ occupant requirement will be lifted in the outbound
direction through late February. Motorists will not be required to have at
least two passengers when traveling in the outbound direction while this work
(southbound) HOV 2+ occupant requirement will continue to be enforced.
The HOV lanes are used
to reduce congestion along Interstate 279 (Parkway North) by promoting
ridesharing via carpooling, van pooling, or public transportation. Trucks are
not permitted on the HOV.
To help keep motorists
informed, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-279 Parkway
North traffic advisories. Enroll by sending email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please write “Subscribe – Parkway North” in the subject line.
Motorists can check
conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles 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 1,000 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
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Cowan, 412-429-5010
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