Flooded Parkway Central To Remain Closed Saturday

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Drivers were frustrated after flooding forced PennDOT to close the Parkway Central on Friday. However, those frustrations will continue on Saturday.

High waters covered the Mon Wharf and flowed onto the busy “bathtub” section of the parkway in downtown Pittsburgh.

It also closed the connector between the Fort Duquesne Bridge and the Parkway East.

All of the closures left drivers seeing plenty of red, although some people took it in stride.

“This is normal for Pittsburgh,” one driver said. “I’ve been here all my life – 63 years – and it’s the same thing every spring.”

The problems are expected to extend into Saturday. If you’re planning on attending the  St. Patrick’s Day festivities or the Pittsburgh Penguins game, plan ahead.

The same roads that were closed Friday night will remain closed on Saturday.

To avoid downtown traffic altogether, if you’re coming from the east and going to the airport, take the Parkway to the Boulevard of the Allies to the Liberty Bridge, through the tunnels onto Route 51 north and back to the Parkway.

If you want to go to the North Shore, take the Parkway West to Grant Street onto Fort Pitt Boulevard and then follow the signs for the Fort Duquesne Bridge.

Whatever your plans, know your route before hitting the road.

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  • john

    i get tired of hearing about the 10th street bypass if floods every time it sprinkles a few drops of rain

    who in their right mind decided to make the road dip below water level?

    shore the road up about 40 feet then we wont need to hear about it flooding anymore

    either that or bulldoze the road and make it part of the waterline

    • tri

      Yes, it amazes me that Pittsburgh can spend millions of dollars on two unneeded stadiums and a casino that only causes people money problems, but they cant build a barrier or something to insure people can get to work to provide for their families!

  • John

    Parkway Central or “bathtub has sewer/ drainage openings to allow rain water to flow away from the area. During flooding the water backs up through these openings contributing to the flooding. It’s not an easy fix to resolve the problem

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