Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:28 am | Updated: 8:01 pm, Wed Aug 22, 2012.
PITTSBURGH â" For more than a year, itâs been an irritation for anyone who uses Route 65 to commute to Pittsburgh.
And by the end of the month, the closure of the highway at Marshall Avenue will be a thing of the past.
PennDOT said on Wednesday that contractor Walsh Construction Co. of Canonsburg will wrap up the work that required the closure about two months early, meaning the highway is scheduled to reopen on the evening of Aug. 31. And drivers get that break early because Walsh worked through the winter rather than shutting down the project and resuming in the spring.
The $20 million rehabilitation of the Marshall Avenue interchange has been one of PennDOTâs biggest projects in the past couple of years and the closure of the busy highway â" used by an average of nearly 26,000 vehicles daily â" has been one of the biggest portions of the work. The job included rebuilt bridges, ramps and road surfaces; it will also mean new lighting and other improvements throughout the area once itâs done later this fall.
The closure meant southbound traffic was forced to exit at Beaver Avenue and return to the highway prior to the ramp to the West End Bridge; northbound traffic was forced off at a new ramp to California Avenue and returned to Route 65 just to the north. Both closures made for rush-hour backups.
But the work will not end on Aug. 31, PennDOT said. The ramp that takes traffic from California and Marshall Avenues to Beaver Avenue and southbound Route 65 will remain closed, and drivers also will encounter a single-lane restriction on Chateau Street between Adams Street and the Beaver Avenue U-turn intersection.
Posted in Transportation on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:28 am. Updated: 8:01 pm.