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‘Bathtub’ on westbound Parkway East to close by 11 p.m. Friday night — maybe sooner

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Part of the westbound Parkway East, also called Interstate 376, will close by 11 p.m. Friday night — and maybe sooner — because of rising river levels.

That section of I-376 was scheduled to close by 11 p.m. because the adjacent Monongahela River is swollen as a result of recent rains and melting snow.

But the river was rising faster than expected.

As a result, the “bathtub” area of the Parkway East may have to close sooner than 11,” PennDOT spokeswoman Yasmeen Manyisha said Friday night.

State police and PennDOT workers are stationed around the area to make the call when the “bathtub” and the Mon Wharf must be closed, Manyisha said.

Earlier in the day, PennDOT said all traffic approaching this section of I-376, located between Grant Street and the Fort Pitt Bridge, would be detoured.

The posted detour from westbound I-376 will take traffic to the Grant Street (Exit 71A) off-ramp then left onto westbound I-376 ramp toward the Fort Pitt Bridge and Airport.

Details will be posed on www.511PA.com .