Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Work on Rails, Roads in Allentown Begins Shortly

Port Authority and the City of Pittsburgh will begin rehabilitation of Warrington Avenue on Monday, Sept. 24. The work will be completed in phases and extend into 2013, at times affecting local auto traffic, bus routes, parking and sidewalks. Additionally, Port Authority will conduct rail grinding on Warrington as well as Arlington Avenue from Sept. 19-Sept. 28.

Starting Sept. 19 at about 10 a.m., Port Authority contractors will conduct rail grinding on the embedded light rail tracks on Warrington and Arlington avenues through Friday, Sept. 28. Grinding will occur around the clock except during rush hours. Additionally, no grinding will take place in Allentown on the evening of Sept. 22 and all day Sept. 23 so that grinding may occur in Beechview instead.

Rail grinding will not detour buses or cars, but alternating single lane may occur at times. Light rail service will not be impacted; these tracks are not currently used for regular service, but are occasionally used to detour the T during closures of the Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel.

Then starting Monday, work begins on the rehabilitation of Warrington Avenue, which is partially owned by Port Authority. Local residents have long advocated for improvements to the street. This phase is expected to last about six weeks, and will occur between Haberman and Estella avenues.

Work will occur on one side of Warrington Avenue at a time and a local detour for motorists will be posted. This also will create temporary no-parking restrictions in the work zone, which will be clearly marked at least 48 hours in advance.

During this time, sections of sidewalk in the work zone may be closed in order to improve curbs and sidewalk ramps.

Additionally, several bus routes will detour during the Warrington Avenue rehabilitation. View the current bus detour notice.

After this phase of the rehab project is completed, work will be suspended until after winter. Next year's phase will involve a larger portion of Warrington Avenue, between Estella and Arlington avenues.

For more information, please contact Customer Service at 412-442-2000.