TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Squirrel Hill Tunnel work causing traffic back-ups

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 3:36 p.m.
 

The Squirrel Hill Tunnel rehabilitiation project caused traffic delays Saturday on Interstate 376 and through Squirrel Hill, authorities said.

Traffic got so thick on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill, it took 15 minutes for Dominic Mineo, owner of Mineo's Pizza House on Murray Avenue, to travel four blocks to the bank.

“It's clogged,” Mineo said. “You watch the light change two or three times and you didn't move three or four car lengths.”

Mineo headed for the back streets — but many drivers seemed not to know how else to avoid the main arteries, he said.

Traffic seemed heavier along Braddock Avenue in front of D's Six Pax and Dogz in Regent Square, server Zach Persichetti said, but people seemed better prepared to handle the disruption than in the past.

“Overall, business hasn't changed,” Persichetti said. “People are accepting it. It's not a huge deal to get off in Squirrel Hill and go the back way.”

The outbound, or eastbound, tunnel is closed until 6 a.m. Monday. Traffic merges into a single lane that exits the parkway at the Squirrel Hill-Homestead exit. PennDOT cameras showed backups stretching several miles on Interstate 376.

Route 28 traffic also was heavy. Dispatchers said they believed motorists were using it as a detour for the tunnel closure.

Motorists use Forward, Beechwood, Forbes and South Braddock avenues for the daytime detour, replacing Beechwood with Murray Avenue at night.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Rain postpones Pirates-Cubs game
  2. Steelers defensive end Tuitt shifts into high gear
  3. Thirsty pit bull turned on Arnold neighbors
  4. Perfect storm rains heroin, pain pills onto Mon Valley
  5. Dorfman: Sane Portfolio XIV features chickens, tires, diesel engines, airlines
  6. Rossi: Pirates foolish to bet on Burnett return
  7. Cops: North Charleroi home invasion suspect IDs himself
  8. Selective storm hits parts of Mon Valley
  9. Steelers notebook: No decision on surgery for rookie CB Golson
  10. Steelers’ Mitchell taking cautious approach about dealing with injuries
  11. Roundup: ATI shuffles leadership in key business segment; more