|PennDOT is announcing traffic on northbound Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) will be shifted onto the newly constructed jug handle in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, on Friday night, July 11, weather permitting.|
Work to accommodate the shift to the jug handle will begin at 7 p.m. Friday night. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on northbound Route 51 during peak travel hours. Motorists can access Route 88 or continue northbound onto mainline Route 51 from the jug handle.
Southbound traffic will remain in the current configuration as crews begin work on five bridges on the existing alignment of Route 51. Southbound traffic will remain in two lanes during this construction phase.
The work is part of the $18.99 million Route 51/88 project which includes the replacement of five bridges, construction of a new bridge, turning lane construction, roadway reconstruction, signal upgrades, lighting, sidewalk and drainage improvements, CCTV cameras, utility relocation and stream bank restoration. Four lanes of traffic on Route 51 will be maintained during peak travel times during the project. Approximately, 42,000 vehicles use Route 51 on an average day.
To help keep motorists informed as work on the Route 51/88 project continues PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Route 51/88 traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org and writing “Subscribe – Route 51/88” in the subject line.
Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the area. Log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major roadways before traveling.