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I-579 Veterans Bridge Preservation Construction Activities Begin Monday Night in Pittsburgh

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
PennDOT District 11 is announcing construction activities for the $18.7 million I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) Veterans Bridge Preservation Project Phase I in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin on Monday, March 7, weather permitting.

Initial work includes the installation of shielding under overhead bridges, bridge demolition operations, and concrete repairs on abutments and piers.
The following activities and restrictions will occur:

•  Single lane restrictions will occur in both directions weekdays on I-579 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. March 7 through April 1.
•  Rehabilitation work the ramp from ramp from Seventh Avenue to southbound I-579 will begin at 8 p.m. on Monday. To allow the work to occur, the ramp will be closed weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. March 7through April 1. Signs will be posted to guide motorists during the closures.

•  Seventh Avenue On-Ramp Posted Detour:
   •  Continue on Seventh Avenue over I-579 to Washington Place
   •  Bear left onto Bedford Avenue along Mellon Arena
   •  At the Mario Lemieux Place/HOV intersection, make left onto I-579 on-ramp
   •  Follow signs to southbound I-579
   •  End detour
•  Traffic on eastbound Centre Avenue will be reduced to a single lane from Sixth Avenue to Washington Place weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March 7-18.
•  On March 14, a long-term closure and detour of westbound traffic on Centre Avenue from Washington Place and Sixth Avenue will be implemented. Crews will be rehabilitating the bridge that carries Centre Avenue over I-579. The westbound closure will begin at 5 a.m. on March 14 and continue around-the-clock through June 30. Eastbound Centre Avenue will remain open at this time. Westbound traffic on Centre Avenue will be detoured using Washington Place to Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue back to Centre Avenue.      
The I-579 Veterans Bridge Preservation Project Phase I includes bridge preservation and rehabilitation, painting structural steel, deck repairs and replacement, latex overlay, structural steel repairs, concrete substructure repairs, bearing replacements, neoprene strip seal dam installation, drainage system repairs, pin and hanger retrofits, highway lighting, signing and pavement markings. The prime contractor for the project is the Trumbull Corporation of Pittsburgh. Phase I construction will conclude in fall 2012.
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