News for Immediate Release

09/25/2012

Reminder: Fancourt Bridge/10th Street Bypass Ramps Long-Term Closures Begin Thursday Night in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the Fancourt Bridge, which carries the ramps from Fort Duquesne Boulevard to I-376 over the 10th Street Bypass in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will be closed long-term beginning on Thursday night, Sept. 27 weather permitting.

Crews will be reconstructing the Fancourt Bridge including removing and replacing the superstructure, bridge deck, beams, bearings and approach slabs. Work also includes repairing sections of the retaining walls adjacent to the bridge along the 10th Street Bypass. As part of the construction, vertical clearance under the bridge will increase from 13 feet, 4 inches to 14 feet, 6 inches. See attached map for bridge location. About 7,461 vehicles use the Fancourt Bridge on an average day.

In addition, the ramps from eastbound (inbound) I-376 (Fort Pitt Bridge) and southbound (inbound) I-279 (Fort Duquesne Bridge) to the 10th Street Bypass will be closed. These closures are necessary for work occurring on the Fancourt Bridge above the 10th Street Bypass.

The closures will begin at approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday and will continue around-the-clock through mid-to-late December. Signs will be posted to guide motorists.

Posted detours:
From Ft. Duquesne Boulevard to outbound Fort Pitt Bridge/westbound I-376
• Take Fort Duquesne Boulevard to Stanwix Street
• Make left onto Stanwix Street
• Turn right onto Liberty Avenue
• Take on-ramp to westbound I-376
• End detour

From Ft. Duquesne Boulevard to Commonwealth Place/eastbound I-376 (Parkway East)
• Take Fort Duquesne Boulevard to Stanwix Street
• Make left onto Stanwix Street
• Take on-ramp to eastbound I-376
• End detour

From southbound Fort Duquesne Bridge to 10th Street Bypass
• Use off ramp to Fort Duquesne Boulevard

From westbound Fort Pitt Bridge (I-376)/Portal Bridge to 10th Street Bypass
• Use off ramp to Fort Duquesne Boulevard

PennDOT advises motorists to use caution and allow extra time when traveling through the area.

The work is part of an $8.7 million project to improve various ramps on the Fort Pitt (I-376) and Fort Duquesne (I-279) bridges and the Parkway East/Central (I-376). Overall work will conclude this fall. The prime contractor is the Trumbull Corporation of Pittsburgh.

Media contact: Steve Cowan, Press Officer, (412) 429-5010 (Office), (412) 334-5436 (Cell Phone)

Source:Engineering District 11
45 Thoms Run Road
Bridgeville PA 15017
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