PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A long-term change on a busy local highway begins this weekend.
Drivers on I-376 in Findlay and Moon Townships will see westbound lanes split just past McClaren Road. It’s a traffic pattern we don’t often see around here, and if you’re not careful, it could cause you to miss your flight.
Throughout the day on Saturday, crews will shut the westbound Parkway down to a single lane to set up the new configuration. PennDOT’s Steve Cowan says it should open around 8 p.m.
That’s when the split lanes begin between McClaren Road and the airport exit.
“Motorist need to be aware, if you are heading to the airport or you need to access any of the exits on 376, you have to be in that right hand lane,” said Cowan.
That’s because the left lane will cross over to the other side and bypass all the exits. If you miss it and end up in that left lane, Cowan says, “You have to go six miles to the Hopewell exit before you can turnaround to go back eastbound.”
And if that happens, it can mean big delays.
“I traveled it this morning and it took about 20 minutes to make the loop. So motorist who are traveling to the airport to catch a flight, if you are short on time, make sure you do not miss that righthand lane exit,” said Cowan.
Crews were working hard Friday to get a barrage of signs up to warn you as you approach the decision point, but it is going to come much earlier than you are used to.