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Parkway West Construction To Leave Drivers Squeezed Into Tiny Lanes

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Every single driver of the 100,000 that cruise through the Parkway West will start to feel the pinch of major roadwork by Tuesday.

The Parkway West between Carnegie and Rosslyn Farms will be closed for the first part of their work.

The entire project will consist of milling and repaving the parkway on both sides from the Fort Pitt Tunnel to Interstate 79.

To do that, they’ll have to repaint the lines.

The new lines will take the lanes from 12 feet wide down to 10-and-a-half feet wide. That will make room for crews to start work on the shoulder.

The lanes will shift toward the left, near the center median barrier.

And with a barrier on the right, it will feel like a bobsled run.

“I think that’s going to be a major problem,” said Michael Huwe of Bridgeville.

If you’re driving next to a Chevy Aveo, at 5 feet wide, it won’t make much of a difference. We measured a Ford Explorer at 6-and-a-half feet wide, a tractor trailer at 8 feet 6 inches and a PennDOT truck at nearly 10 feet.

So be forewarned, it’s going to be tight.

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