PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Monday morning rush came to a halt earlier today due to confusion over some new detours that went into effect over the weekend in the area of Crosstown Boulevard.

The Seventh Avenue Bridge and the Bedford Avenue Bridge will both be closed until October. The closures have detoured traffic over to Centre Avenue.

The Bedford Avenue Bridge is the main connector for traffic arriving from the Veterans Bridge and heading for Bigelow Boulevard, the arena, Duquesne University and Mercy Hospital.

“Obviously, it’s going to be an impact for people, especially people coming in for the morning commute,” PennDOT spokesperson Jim Struzzi told KDKA last week.

PennDOT says this morning’s rush was much worse than what they expected and they are reviewing the detour and looking for ways to make things better for tomorrow’s rush.

“We only had one traffic control officer today,” Struzzi said.

PennDOT hopes putting more officers on the key intersections will help alleviate the problem.

“Possibly post more signs alerting people to these closures that these problems should be eliminated over the next few days,” Struzzi said.



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