Motorists to encounter traffic restrictions
By Patrick Cloonan
Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
New traffic tie-ups await South Hills motorists beginning on Monday, as three separate projects get under way, weather permitting, that will affect areas from Baldwin to Elizabeth Township.
In between, a $4.4 million improvement will begin on Monday on a stretch of Route 837 from downtown Clairton to West Elizabeth, meaning restrictions through mid-July. Those restrictions include long-term closures on the northbound Route 837 on-ramp to southbound Route 51 and the southbound Route 51 off-ramp to northbound Route 837 at the Elizabeth Bridge.
Also, District 11 spokesman Steve Cowan said, Route 837 will be narrowed to a single 10-foot lane in each direction between Burnett Street in West Elizabeth and St. Clair Street in Clairton.
The entire project runs from Burnett Street to Mendelsohn Avenue in Clairton. Gulisek Construction LLC of Mt. Pleasant is prime contractor for the job, which includes patching and overlay of existing concrete pavement, concrete reconstruction, updating guide rail, minor drainage, updated signing and pavement markings.
The detour for those southbound on Route 837 involves the Route 51 northbound on-ramp and 500 feet of Route 51, after which motorists must directly exit onto the Route 837 left-hand lane off-ramp. There is no detour for those headed north on Route 837. The detour between the northbound Route 837 on-ramp and southbound Route 51 involves St. Clair Avenue, Desiderio Boulevard and Ridge Road. The detour between the southbound Route 51 off-ramp and northbound Route 837 involves Route 51, Market and Third streets and the northbound Route 51 on-ramp.
Also on Friday the Allegheny County Department of Public Works and District 11 announced new restrictions as part of an $8.6 million project covering Brownsville, Broughton and Curry Hollow roads.
On Monday at 7 a.m. the final phase is to begin in an effort to improve an intersection that extends into South Park Township and the boroughs of Baldwin and Pleasant Hills.
Project manager Jeanna Fisher said traffic on Brownsville will be restricted to one alternating lane between Willard Drive and Curry Hollow Road weekdays between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Flaggers will control traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until May 24 at 8 p.m.
Frank J. Zottola Construction Inc. of Valencia is prime contractor for a job that includes intersection realignment, reconstruction, widening, bituminous paving, concrete installation, reconstruction and extension of a concrete arch culvert, and improvements to drainage, curbs, sidewalks and signals.
Fisher said overall work is to conclude this fall.
Elsewhere, Cowan said traffic signal safety improvements will begin on Monday, weather permitting, on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills, Jefferson Hills and Elizabeth Township.
Route 51 is also is known as Hayden Boulevard and Clairton Boulevard along the stretches where Bronder Technical Services will attach retro-reflective tape to existing signal backplates.
Short-term lane restrictions will occur weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 24 at Route 51 junctures with:
• Weigles Hill Road in Elizabeth Township.
• Lewis Run Road (Route 2032) in Pleasant Hills.
• Peters Creek Road, Old Clairton Road, Jefferson Boulevard and Coal Valley Road in Jefferson Hills.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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