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Route 28 restrictions end tomorrow

| Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009

Drivers on northbound Route 28 will get more relief tomorrow when work wraps up on a new bridge in Etna, PennDOT officials said.

Sometime Wednesday afternoon, the second and final lane of northbound Route 28 will be opened to traffic at the Etna Interchange, ending six months of lane closures and detours, said PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi. Since June, contractors had been replacing the bridge that carries northbound traffic over Route 8 and the foot of the 62nd Street Bridge.

In late October, one lane reopened and ended the detour that made motorists criss-cross the Allegheny River to get around the construction.

"Tomorrow should wrap it up. There will be free-flowing traffic through the interchange until the spring, when we start on phase five," Struzzi said. The final phase of the project will involve the remaining ramps and repaving the northbound lanes of Route 28 between the ramp for Butler Street and the new bridge.

Sporadic, single-lane closures between Chestnut Street in Pittsburgh and Evergreen Avenue in Millvale may occur up until Nov. 30 while crews install new traffic cameras along Route 28 in preparation for another major project, widening the highway and reconfiguring the intersections at the 31st and 40th street bridges. Contractors will also upgrade traffic signals and turning lanes in Lawrenceville to accommodate traffic that may detour through the city.

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