Levi Bird Duff Bridge, Ross Twp., to Close to Vehicular Traffic March 4

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Department of Public Works today announced that the Levi Bird Duff Bridge in Ross Township, carrying Center Street over the Parkway North (I-279), will be closed to vehicular traffic during rehabilitation work, which will begin on Monday, March 4, and continue through Friday, November 1. The bridge will be open to pedestrians for the duration of the project. While work occurs to replace the sidewalk, a temporary pedestrian walkway will be in use on the bridge deck.

A six-mile vehicular detour will be in effect and will direct traffic in Ross Township/Center Avenue to the intersection of Perry Highway, then to Highland Avenue, Gass Road, Union Avenue, North Starr Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, North Balph Avenue, Bellevue Avenue and Cornell Road. Traffic in Bellevue Borough will use the detour in reverse. The full detour may be viewed here.

Information regarding restrictions on the Parkway North will be issued by PennDOT and will be separate from the scheduled closure of the bridge. Additionally, the Port Authority has been notified that some bus routes will be affected, and it will notify riders about route changes.

The County’s Levi Bird Duff Bridge Preservation Project is a $3 million, one-year project that will rehabilitate the existing steel girder bridge. Work includes rehabilitation of the concrete piers, hydro-demolition and replacement of the deck surface with latex concrete, steel and abutment repairs, new sidewalks and guiderails, installation of protective fencing, and installation of new strip seal dams. The bridge, originally built in 1983, carries Cornell Avenue over I-279, from Bellevue Borough to Ross Township. Work on the project begins today, February 25, with the bridge closure starting Monday, March 4.

For additional information, contact Jeanna Fisher, Construction Manager, at 412-350-5978.

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