PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — PennDOT announced the return of overnight Parkway West and Fort Pitt Tunnel closures happening every night this week.

Most people think PennDOT is done with work on the Parkway West, but that’s just not the case.

“We’re not done; obviously, the project continues through August of this year,” said PennDOT District 11 Steve Cowan.

Now that may sound worse than it is, but the work is just finishing up on what wasn’t completed last year. It all starts Monday night with a full closure of the outbound Fort Pitt tunnel.

Crews will be working on joint repairs and some drainage inside the tunnel,” said Cowan. “That’s going to be continuing for these next several weeks.”

However, the weather has prompted the cancellation of Monday night’s total closure of the Parkway inbound.

“Tonight we’re just going to have a closure of the Parkway Center on-ramp to 376 inbound,” Cowan said.

After Monday night, they’ll alternate closures this week of the Parkway inbound and outbound overnight. After that will be the major weekend closures.

“We’re going to have four full closures of the Fort Pitt Tunnel, two in each direction, and we’re going to have two Parkway West closings for paving operations,” said Cowan. “We’ll work that with the Fort Pitt Tunnel schedule.”

That’s a total of four total weekend closures in one direction or the other between now and the end of May. So, it you do the math, that’s four weekends out of the next seven that something will be closed.

But PennDOT will be kinds to Penguins and Pirates fans.

“Typically, we won’t have any work occur until one hour after any sporting event, particularly the Penguins games,” said Cowan.

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The westbound lanes of the Fort Pitt Tunnel will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night from Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 15.

Crews will be working on the Parkway West in sections from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The closures are as follows:

  • Monday, April 11: Eastbound (inbound) closure of Parkway West from I-79 (Exit 64A) to the Fort Pitt Bridge including the Fort Pitt Tunnel
  • Tuesday, April 12: Westbound (outbound) closure of the Parkway West from Greentree (Exit 67) to I-79 (Exit 64A). The Carnegie on-ramp to westbound I-376 will remain open.
  • Wednesday, April 13: Eastbound (inbound) closure of the Parkway West from I-79 to Parkway Center Drive. The Greentree on-ramp to eastbound I-376 will remain open.
  • Thursday, April 14: Westbound (outbound) closure of the Parkway West from Greentree (Exit 67) to I-79 (Exit 64A). The Carnegie on-ramp to westbound I-376 will remain open.
  • Friday, April 15: Eastbound (inbound) closure of the Parkway West from I-79 to Parkway Center Drive. The Poplar Street and Greentree on-ramps will remain open heading eastbound.

The posted detours are as follows:

Posted westbound detour (between the Fort Pitt Bridge and I-79)

Outbound (westbound)

  • From the Fort Pitt Bridge, motorists will take the ramp to North Route 837/Route 51 West End (Exit 69C)
  • Follow Route 837 (West Carson Street) to the West End Circle
  • Turn left toward South 19/51 West I-376 Airport
  • From southbound Route 19/51, take the ramp towards West 376 South 19 Carnegie/Airport
  • Continue to West 376 Carnegie/Airport
  • From I-376 (Parkway West), take the Parkway Center Drive (Exit 68) exit
  • Turn left onto Greentree Road (Route 3101)
  • Turn right onto Mansfield Avenue (Route 3062)
  • Turn left onto Noblestown Road (Route 50)
  • Noblestown Road becomes East Main Street
  • Turn right onto Jane Street
  • Jane Street becomes Mansfield Boulevard
  • Mansfield Boulevard becomes West Main Street
  • Follow West Main Street to I-79
  • Take the ramp to northbound I-79
  • Follow northbound I-79 to I-376
  • End detour

Posted westbound Fort Pitt Tunnel detour route

  • From the Fort Pitt Bridge, traffic will take the ramp to North Route 837/Route 51 West End (Exit 69C)
  • Follow Route 837 (West Carson Street) to the West End Circle
  • Turn left onto southbound Route 51 towards the Airport
  • Follow Route 51 to Airport/Carnegie ramp to I-376 Parkway West
  • End detour
  • Posted eastbound detour route (between I-79 and Fort Pitt Bridge)
  • Inbound (eastbound)
  • Motorists will exit I-376 at the I-79 south (Exit 64A) interchange toward Washington
  • Follow I-79 south to the Carnegie (Exit 57) interchange off-ramp
  • At the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto West Main Street
  • West Main Street becomes Mansfield Boulevard
  • Turn right onto Chestnut Street
  • Turn left onto East Main Street
  • East Main Street becomes Noblestown Road
  • Turn right onto Mansfield Avenue
  • Turn left onto Greentree Road
  • Greentree Road becomes Wabash Street
  • Turn right onto South Main Street
  • Turn right onto southbound Route 837 (West Carson Street)
  • Take the ramp to East I-376/North I-279 onto the Fort Pitt Bridge
  • End detour

Posted eastbound detour route (between I-79 and Greentree)

Inbound (eastbound)

  • Motorists will exit I-376 at the I-79 south (Exit 64A) interchange toward Washington
  • Follow I-79 south to the Carnegie (Exit 57) interchange off-ramp
  • At the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto West Main Street
  • West Main Street becomes Mansfield Boulevard
  • Turn right onto Chestnut Street
  • Turn left onto East Main Street
  • East Main Street becomes Noblestown Road
  • Turn right onto Mansfield Avenue
  • Turn left onto Greentree Road
  • Turn right onto Parkway Center Drive
  • Follow to I-376
  • End detour