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Flooded Parkway Central To Remain Closed Saturday

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Shortly after PennDOT closed the Parkway Central/"Bathtub", water from the swollen Mon River spilled onto the road.  (Credit: KDKA)

Shortly after PennDOT closed the Parkway Central/”Bathtub”, water from the swollen Mon River spilled onto the road. (Credit: KDKA)

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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