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Work Resumes on Lincoln Way; Other PennDOT Projects Announced

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
March 09, 2016
Posted in: Announcements

Work will resume later this month on the nearly $7 million project to expand and improve Lincoln Way in White Oak.

The project, expected to be complete in June, is one of $189 million in total improvements to state-owned roads and bridges planned for Allegheny County in 2016, according to the state Department of Transportation.

“We are pleased to be completing some major projects while initiating news ones,” said Dan Cessna, district executive for PennDOT. “We are proud to be delivering much needed infrastructure enhancements to the Pittsburgh region.”

Lincoln Way has been undergoing extensive reconstruction since 2013 under a long-awaited project to widen the road, add left turning lanes, and improve curbs, sidewalks and drainage. A PennDOT spokesman said the project will be wrapping up this spring when new curbs and sidewalks are completed between Henderson Road and Auld Street in the White Oak business district.

About 16,000 vehicles per day use Lincoln Way, according to PennDOT traffic volume maps.

Other projects that will impact Mon-Yough area motorists and bicyclists include the previously announced Phase 3 of improvements to the interchange on the West Homestead side of the Glenwood Bridge. Work began in late February and will include replacement of the bridge deck on northbound Route 837 --- near the Whemco plant --- and four associated ramps at the interchange.

A temporary roadway and traffic signal have been installed to allow Routes 837 and 885 to intersect. Three of the four closed ramps will utilize the new intersection.  The fourth ramp has a short detour.  Work will continue through November.  After a winter hiatus, work will restart in February 2017.

On Route 30 in East Pittsburgh, PennDOT will replace a bridge over Bessemer Avenue in late April or early May, which will require a weekend closure of the highway.

The $2.38 million replacement project will include minor substructure repairs and approach work and require the detour of Route 30 and Bessemer Avenue.  Other short-term lane restrictions may occur.  The project is anticipated to be completed by late June 2016.

Crews this year will be repaving Clairton Road (Route 885) from Ravensburg Road in Jefferson Hills to Lewis Run Road in West Mifflin Borough; Goldstrohm Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue from Fifth Street in
Dravosburg to Mifflin Street in West Mifflin.

At the intersection of Routes 51 and 88 in the South Hills, a nearly $19 million improvement project is expected to end this spring. Improvements to the busy junction, which accomodates 25,000 to 42,000 vehicles per day, included the replacement of five bridges, construction of a new bridge, turning lane construction, roadway reconstruction, lighting, sidewalk and drainage improvements, closed-circuit TV cameras to monitor traffic, and stream bank restoration. 

Minor traffic signal improvements and dredging work with limited impacts to motorists remain, PennDOT said.

Originally published March 09, 2016.

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