Turnpike to close between Irwin and Pittsburgh early Sunday for bridge removal
The Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed for about five hours early Sunday as crews remove a bridge.
The closure, starting at 12:01 a.m. until 5 a.m., will be in effect between the Pittsburgh and Irwin interchanges.
Crews have been working there to replace the bridge that previously carried Trafford-Murrysville Road over the toll road at milepost 59.6 in preparation for a widening project.
The closure will be dependent upon the weather.
The recommended 22-mile detour will take motorists east on Route 22, south on Toll Route 66 and west on Route 30.
The widening project will increase the turnpike from four to six lanes along the 10-mile stretch between the Irwin interchange and the Pittsburgh interchange at Monroeville.
Work on the widening is expected to begin in 2023 and is estimated to cost more than $300 million, according to project information posted online.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.