PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Closures on the Liberty Bridge are planned for this weekend, and those closures will affect some Penguins fans attending Saturday night’s Game 1 against the Ottawa Senators at PPG Paints Arena.
For fans coming from the Mon Valley and South Hills, the Liberty Tube and Bridge are the perfect funnel to the arena. Both were going to be closed for the weekend, but PennDOT has had a change of heart.
“We are going to keep one lane open in the inbound Liberty Tunnel,” said PennDOT District 11 spokesman Steve Cowan.
The bridge closure, however, is still on. The span will be shut down from 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday morning.
“We have 11 weekend closures to get this bridge deck replacement work completed,” said Cowan. “We’re in the early stages. We don’t want to fall behind schedule.”
So when you pop out of the tube, you will have to turn right and head down McArdle Roadway to the South Side.
Homeward bound, the Liberty Bridge will still be closed.
“We need to make sure that motorists have alternate routes and give themselves plenty of time,” said Cowan.
The same could be said for fans coming to the game from the Parkway North.
PennDOT is going ahead with closing the left lane from just above McKnight Road to Suffolk Street, but prior to the game, it will lift most of that restriction.
Also, Cowan says, “We will open the HOV lane to Bedford Avenue.”
On the mainline, prior to East Street, it will reopen to all lanes for your normal approach to the Veterans Bridge, the city and up to the arena.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com.