PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Several roads and bridges will be closed leading into the Pittsburgh area on Tuesday due to the funeral procession and proceeding for fallen Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall.
The Pennsylvania State Police say road and bridge closures will be in place starting Tuesday morning.
State police said the North Shore will be used for parking for the out-of-town law enforcement officers.
“If you normally park on the North Shore find, [I would] find an alternate parking spot,” said Trooper Melinda Bondarenka. “They’re traveling from all over. I don’t have an exact number, but there is going to be a very high police presence at this funeral.”
They are expecting thousands of officers to attend the funeral. Once they gather at the North Shore, they will go to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland for the funeral. The burial will be at the Homewood Cemetery.
She said drivers should not expect the roads to reopen until at least 2 p.m. They ask for drivers to be patient when driving around the city on Tuesday.
“Put yourself in the shoes of this family member or coworkers of this officer,” Trooper Bondarenka said. “Maybe it will help you realize, this could be my family member, and I would appreciate if someone else was commuting.”
Inbound HOV lanes will be open with no occupancy restrictions for traffic during this time.
The Pennsylvania State Police and PennDOT say they advise commuters to avoid these areas in the morning hours.
These following areas will be closed:
- Fort Duquesne Bridge
- SR 65 Inbound in the area of the West End Bridge
- SR 279 Onramp to Ft. Duquesne Bridge
- Fort Pitt Tunnel and Bridge inbound to SR 376 E and the E. Carson-Ft. Pitt Bridge Onramp
- Grant St. Access to SR 376 E
- SR 376 E between Downtown and Oakland Exits
State Police and PennDOT advise avoiding these areas:
- Oakland Area, particularly Forbes/Fifth Ave.
- North Shore Area