By Amy Wadas

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A massive construction project on the Parkway North begins Monday and there will be some traffic restrictions in place.

Crews started prep work after the morning rush for a project that will last for about two years. Construction will begin on the Parkway North in April.

“Folks, anticipate travel time. Adjust your schedules,” PennDOT District 11 District Executive Dan Cessna said.

KDKA’s John Shumway Reports:

On Monday, prep work for the improvement project on Interstate 279 north began in both directions.

“We’re mainly going to be working in the southbound direction as you head into the city, but to do that we’re going to be closing the HOV lanes for both inbound and outbound commuters,” Cessna said.

The $88 million project includes concrete patching, bridge and sign preservation, wall, ramp and HOV repairs, lighting sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange.

Single-lane and shoulder restrictions will occur in each direction of I-279 between the Fort Duquesne Bridge and just north of the Camp Horne Road interchange.

“We’re actually able to deliver the repairs at the right time so they’re not as expensive as they would be if you let the road go into deferred maintenance,” Cessna said.

Work in the northbound lanes will take place weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Southbound work will take place weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. To 6 a.m.

On weekends, work will begin at 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday in both directions.

Work on the northbound lanes will begin in 2018.

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