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Squirrel Hill Tunnel Outbound Closed Again This Weekend

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The outbound side of the Squirrel Hill Tunnels is closed again this weekend as PennDOT continues work on ongoing construction projects.

The closure began at 10 p.m. Friday and continues through 6 a.m. Monday.

The work will result in increasing the height of the tunnel from 13 feet, six inches tall to 14 feet, nine inches tall.

PennDOT is advising drivers traveling in that area this weekend to expect significant delays.

Signs and police officers have been posted to guide drivers along detours.

Here is the detour information provided by PennDOT:

Daylight detour (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

  • Exit at Squirrel Hill (Exit 74)
  • Make left onto Forward Avenue
  • Continue taking slight right and stay on Forward Avenue • Left onto Beechwood Boulevard • Right onto Forbes Avenue • Right onto South Braddock Avenue • End detour at outbound Parkway East on-ramp

Night detour (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.)

  • Exit at Squirrel Hill (Exit 74)
  • Make left onto Forward Avenue
  • Continue slight left/straight onto Murray Avenue • Right onto Forbes Avenue • Right onto South Braddock Avenue • End detour at outbound Parkway East on-ramp

If significant congestion and delay are occurring during the outbound closures, PennDOT suggests the following alternative:

  • From eastbound I-376, take the Forbes Avenue (Exit 72A) to Oakland • Continue on Forbes Avenue through Oakland
  • Make left onto South Bellafield Avenue
  • Make right onto Fifth Avenue
  • Continue east on Fifth Avenue
  • Make right onto Penn Avenue (Route 380/8)
  • Continue through Wilkinsburg
  • Access Parkway East in Forest Hills

The inbound side of the tunnel is open.

Officials with PennDOT say the outbound side will close again next weekend, April 26-29.

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