TribLIVE

| News


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

Parkway West improvements stifled by money

Daily Photo Galleries

Allegheny Photo Galleries

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
 

A study commissioned by PennDOT recommends major changes along the Parkway West to ease congestion, but the agency does not have money to do all the work, an official said on Thursday.

PennDOT plans to spend $40 million to $60 million on improvements between Interstate 79 in Robinson and the Fort Pitt Tunnel, with work starting in 2014 and lasting for two years, said Dan Cessna, chief engineer for the PennDOT district that includes Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.

Cessna said work will include pavement and bridge repairs, adjustments to acceleration and deceleration lanes in ramp areas, and replacement of median barriers, guardrails and signs.

The study by Moon-based Michael Baker Corp., completed in May for less than $1 million, also recommended major interchange improvements.

“We don't have funds to implement any major changes at any of the interchanges at this time,” Cessna said, adding the agency could improve the Green Tree and Carnegie interchanges in a second phase of work and the Banksville Road interchange in a third phase if money becomes available.

Cessna could not estimate how much that work would cost.

A separate study released last year by the Texas Transportation Institute, traffic data provider INRIX and The Weather Channel rated a three-mile section of the Parkway West between Carnegie and the Fort Pitt Tunnel as the nation's eighth-most-congested road.

Tom Fontaine is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7847 or tfontaine@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. New Monroeville Mall policy aims to tame teen shoppers
  2. 3-alarm fire burns Hill District row homes
  3. McCandless mortgage broker company president charged with bank fraud conspiracy
  4. Black Pittsburghers still challenged in education, workforce, housing
  5. Pittsburgh police chief: Officers, public must unite against violence
  6. Port Authority focusing on natural-gas bus fleet for proposed rapid transit line
  7. PennDOT to replace drivers licenses issued since November without proper security features
  8. Officials investigating fatal Shaler house fire, working to identify body found in rubble
  9. Pittsburgh councilwoman Rudiak announces bid for city controller
  10. University of Pittsburgh Senior Vice Chancellor Humphrey to be paid $395K a year
  11. Easter Seals merger in Pennsylvania raises ethics concerns