I-79 Roadwork Causing Traffic Woes

Weekend work diverting more cars onto secondary roads.

Lane restrictions on Interstate 79 appear to be causing traffic headaches on secondary roads being used as unofficial detours.

Washington Pike in South Fayette was bumper-to-bumper for miles Saturday as traffic appeared to be trying to bypass the nearly 4-mile construction zone on I-79 that extends from the Washington County line to Bridgeville exit. Meanwhile, more traffic clogged Route 50 near Chartiers Valley Shopping Center as construction continues on that stretch of roadway.

spokesman Jim Struzzi said motorists are encouraged to leave the interstate if they can find different routes to their destinations. Cars were also bumper-to-bumper along the interstate construction zone, especially near the Bridgeville exit.

“If people know an alternate route, then we would obviously want them to do that to lessen some of the impact on the work zone,” Struzzi said. “There’s construction on 50, too. Obviously, you’re going to impact the parallel routes when you restrict lanes on an interstate.”

are expected to continue through November, and work will also be done during weeknights. Single-lane restrictions during the week begin at 7 p.m. and will end each morning at 6 a.m.

The $2.6 million project will upgrade signs and guardrails, patch parts of the concrete roadway and repair three overpass bridges that cross the interstate in that area.

“It’s going to continue through fall, so we would encourage people to find alternate route,” Struzzi said.

Mike Jones (Editor) September 19, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Did anyone else get stuck in that traffic this weekend? If so, where did you see the biggest problems?
Becky Brindle September 19, 2011 at 02:53 PM
I saw a long line of traffic heading southbound near the Bridgeville exit on Friday night. I took Rt. 19 to get home later on that evening to avoid the mess.
Sherri September 20, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Does Struzzi even have a clue??? The alternate routes he wants people to take are under construction. Washington Pike, 79, and Sygan Hill. Did they really need to do construction on all three at the same time. Obviously there was absolutely no fore thought into this situation.
Mike Jones (Editor) September 20, 2011 at 09:18 PM
There certainly aren't very many good options for finding a detour with all the construction zones. As Becky mentioned, other options could be Route 19 or Boyce/Mayview into Bridgeville. Do you have any other helpful suggestions?
Rochele Reitlinger September 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Does anyone know when the Sygan construction will end?
Mike Jones (Editor) September 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM
It's supposed to reopen on Nov. 11, but there could be more work associated with the project... http://chartiersvalley.patch.com/articles/presto-sygan-road-closed-until-november


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