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PennDOT to host public meeting on Route 28 Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 4:09 p.m.
Commuters sit stuck in traffic along Route 28 north at the Highland Park Bridge interchange on Wednsday, Nov. 8, 2017.
Mary Ann Thomas | Tribune Review
Commuters sit stuck in traffic along Route 28 north at the Highland Park Bridge interchange on Wednsday, Nov. 8, 2017.

A public meeting to provide information on the Route 28 Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project will be held Tuesday at Fox Chapel Area High School.

The anticipated $55 million project will address the existing bottleneck and congested traffic flow on Route 28 at the interchange (Exit 6), which has been the site of chronic traffic backups during rush hours and vehicle crashes.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., PennDOT announced.

The project, which is in the preliminary engineering phase, aims to re-establish two travel lanes northbound and southbound between North Canal Street/Kittanning Pike and the Delafield Avenue interchange (Exit 7).

The stretch originally handled two lanes of traffic both north and southbound, but the second lane is painted over with striping in both directions because of numerous accidents between vehicles merging to and from the bridge with traffic on Route 28.

Also proposed is the improvement of acceleration and deceleration ramps at the interchange, and the reconstruction of the Route 28 ramps with the Highland Park Bridge and Freeport Road.

The average daily traffic on the expressway in the area of the interchange is about 57,000.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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