PennDOT Announces 2019 Construction Plan

Approximately 129 projects will take place in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties

Shelby Cassesse
March 21, 2019 - 4:54 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has released their 2019 construction plan for District 11, which includes Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties.

Crews will work on approximately 129 projects costing an estimated $310 million. Seventy-four of them will be new, while the remainder will be projects carried over from 2018. 

Of the projects from 2018, several of them are expected to be completed between May and late fall. They include:

  • Liberty Tunnel Phase 5: late summer 2019
  • Route 28 - Russellton to Butler County: late May
  • Route 51 Elizabeth Bridge Rehabilitation Project: late fall 2019
  • I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project: June 2019
  • I-376 Parkway East - Fort Pitt Bridge to Edgewood/Swissvale: summer 2019

As the I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project prepares for the final stages of construction, PennDOT says the HOV lanes will close in April and reopen when the project ends.

The plan also puts heavy emphasis on repairing landslide sites. 

PennDOT District Executive Cheryl Moon-Sirianni said the budget for landslide repair is over triple the normal amount.

"We usually have a $6 million investment," she said at the PennDOT offices Thursday. "This year, we're investing about $20 million on landslide repair. A couple of them are due to emergencies and due to flooding that we had last year. Last year, we spent about $15 million, so as you can see, those numbers tending to grow as the number of slides are growing."

In addition to the landslide repair, PennDOT will also begin several major projects. They include:

  • Route 19 roadway reconstruction and replacement of the Shaler Street Bridge 
  • Route 22 resurfacing of nearly seven miles of roadway in Monroeville
  • Boulevard of the Allies resurfacing of nearly four miles of roadway

Construction will also begin on the I-579 "Cap" Urban Connector, a project by the Sports and Exhibition Authority that will result in a park connecting the Hill District to downtown Pittsburgh. The space will include pedestrian pathways, recreation areas, and an amphitheater that stretches over a portion of I-579. Work is set to begin this summer and will result in a long-term closure of the ramp from northbound I-579 to Seventh Avenue for the duration of the project. 

For a full list of 2019 projects in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties and expected road closures and restrictions, visit PennDOT's District 11 website