PITTSBURGH - Drivers will face work on the Parkway West, U.S. Route 22/30 and the Squirrel Hill Tunnels under the 2014 road program announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Thursday.
PennDOT plans to spend $238 million in Allegheny County for 2014, including construction, paving, bridge and tunnel maintenance.
Among jobs from 2013 that will be continuing is the rehabilitation of the Squirrel Hill Tunnels, which carry I-376 (Parkway East). The $49.4 million project began in 2012 and is expected to be complete in August. Single-direction weekend closures will take place through the spring and summer, PennDOT said. Work includes upgrades to electrical, lighting, control and ventilation systems, structural repairs and installation of a water line.
The Liberty Tunnels also will be under construction as crews complete a $18.8 million project, the fourth phase of the tunnel rehabilitation, which began in April 2013. The work has included repair of concrete and updates and repairs to electrical, lighting and safety systems, refurbishing of the portal buildings and other improvements. Painting will conclude the job this summer.
New major jobs for 2014 is major repaving for the Parkway West. The work will include not only milling and resurfacing but also extension of acceleration and deceleration ramps, shoulder reconstruction and deck replacement on three bridges at the Carnegie interchange.
The Parkway West project, which is estimated at $48 million to $51 million, will begin at mid-summer, PennDOT said. The work runs from the I-79 interchange to the Fort Pitt Tunnels. The project includes work on the median, replacement of two overhead sign structures, retaining wall repairs, pavement markings and sign updates. The work will include four weekend closures in each direction for paving. Overnight and weekend lane closures also will occur.
In addition, an additional lane will be added to the Parkway West outbound (west) with reconstruction of the shoulder between Rosslyn Farms and I-79. sound walls and sign updates are included in the $3 million to $4 million project, which will begin during the summer and be completed in spring 2015.
A Fort Pitt Tunnel repair project of about $3 million to $4 million will begin during the summer and continue through the fall of 2015. The work will include replacement of ceiling hangars, lighting repairs and ceiling hatch and water line installation.
Route 22/30 and Route 60 work began in March and will continue through the summer of 2015. The job includes milling and resurfacing Route 60 and Route 22/30, repairs to the Route 22/30 bridge over McKee Road, repairs to the Old Steubenville Pike bridge over Route 22/30, traffic signal repairs, ramp cut installation for sidewalks and other construction work. Route 60 work is taking place between Robinson Center Drive and a point about 1,100 feet east of Haddock Road.
Other major work will include pavement work on I-79 from the Parkway West to a mile south of the Heidelberg/Kirwan Heights interchange. The project begins in July, as well as work on the ramps at Heidelbeg/Kirwan Heights, the Parkway West and Carnegie interchanges. Overnight and weekend lane closures can be expected, with ramp closures and detours to occur. Work is expected to be complete by fall.
The paving and other projects announced by PennDOT also include a number of other Allegheny County roads. To check status of routes, visit www.511PA.com, or call 511. Regional Twitter alerts also are available from the 511PA website.