News for Immediate Release

06/10/2009

PENNDOT BEGINS SIGN WORK TO CONVERT PARKWAY WEST (I-279) TO I-376

Pittsburgh, PA

PennDOT District 11 is announcing work to install new signs converting the Parkway West (I-279) to Interstate 376 between the Fort Pitt Tunnel and the I-79 interchange in Allegheny County is underway.
Interstate 376 now officially extends from the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the I-79 interchange in Robinson Township. I-279 will remain solely as the Parkway North.
Signs indicating the new I-376 conversion will be installed on several roadways in the region including the Parkway North (I-279), Parkway East (I-376), I-79, Parkway West (Route 22/30 and Route 60) and other routes that intersect with these roadways. Work will begin this week on the Parkway West and progress to the Parkway North over the next few weeks. Shoulder closures will occur daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through late June in various locations as the signs are installed. Additional shoulder closures will occur during off-peak hours over the next few months. No lane closures are anticipated at this time.
To avoid confusion and help motorists adjust to the new I-376 designation on the Parkway West, the I-279 signs will remain in place alongside the new I-376 markers. Over the next few weeks, new exit numbers will be posted on the Parkway North and West. The old exit numbers will be posted alongside the new numbers for a short period of time to allow motorists time to adjust.
Only I-279 from the Fort Pitt Tunnel to I-79 will be converted to I-376 at this time. The conversion of the Parkway West from I-279 to I-376 is a necessary component of a larger project that will re-designate US Route 22/30 and Route 60 through Allegheny and Route 60 through Beaver, Lawrence and Mercer counties to I-376.
PennDOT has been planning this re-designation for several years and expects to make the formal re-designation request to the Federal Highway Administration in the next week. PennDOT anticipates receiving the approval later this year. Systematic improvements are underway on Route 22/30 and Route 60 through Allegheny and Beaver counties to improve interchanges in anticipation of the re-designation. Additional projects will begin later this summer in Lawrence and Mercer counties.
As these changes occur this summer and fall, motorists are advised to be prepared for changing signs and new exit numbers. PennDOT will continue to keep the traveling public informed as the changes progress.
The sign work is included in $24.7 million project currently underway on the Parkway East (I-376). The prime contractors for the project are the Trumbull Corporation of West Mifflin in a joint venture with Lindy Paving Inc. of New Castle.

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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