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Parkway East Squirrel Hill Tunnel Lane Closures Resume

The work resumed Thursday at 9 p.m.

Work to rehabilitate the Squirrel Hill Tunnel on the Parkway East (I-376) resumed Thursday night.

As a courtesy to motorists and travelers, traffic restrictions related to the rehabilitation project were postponed over the holiday season. Restriections will continue to occur on the following schedule:

Westbound (inbound) single lane traffic:

  • Weeknights (Monday through Thursday nights), 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Weekends (Friday and Saturday nights), 9 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Eastbound (outbound) single lane traffic:

  • Weeknights (Monday through Thursday nights), 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Weekends (Friday and Saturday nights), 11 p.m. to 10 a.m.

No westbound full closures are scheduled at this time. 

The a $49.5 million project to rehabilitate the Squirrel Hill Tunnel includes updating electrical, lighting, air control and ventilation systems, structural repairs to the walls and arched ceiling, tile repairs, installation of a water line and other improvements.

To minimize impacts on the traveling public, rehabilitation work on the bridge that carries the Parkway East over Commercial Street will be performed as part of the tunnel project. Expansion dam on ramps at the Edgewood /Swissvale interchange will also be replaced.

PennDOT advises motorists to use caution, slow down, and expect changing traffic patterns when traveling through the area. Visit 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major roadways before traveling.

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Bob smith January 26, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Why are we wasting time and money to fix an inadiquite tunnel? We should be making it three lanes wide. Bring in the machine they used For that ridiculous, tunnel under the river!

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