10-mile race, Veterans Day parade will hinder weekend traffic in Pittsburgh
Two major events with road closures will make this a weekend of traffic challenges around Downtown Pittsburgh.
The annual Veterans Day parade will close streets in the Strip District and Downtown on Saturday morning, and the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler race will close streets in the West End, the North Shore, the Strip District and Downtown on Sunday.
This year, the Veterans Day parade was moved up to Saturday to coincide with the Steel City Salutes the Troops event in Point State Park.
Parade organizer Tony Filardi said more than 80 units will stage along Liberty Avenue below 26th Street in preparation for a 10:30 a.m. step-off at 11th and Liberty. The parade will proceed up Grant Street, down Fifth Avenue to Stanwix, then down Boulevard of the Allies, ending at Commonwealth Place just outside the entrance to Point State Park, where the Steel City Salutes the Troops event will offer attendees an up-close look at military equipment, personnel and history. Pittsburgh Steelers alumni and the Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot will be in the park.
One of the highlights of the parade will be Pennsylvania’s oldest music performance group, the 28th Infantry Division Band out of Hollidaysburg. Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig, adjutant general, Pennsylvania National Guard, will serve as grand marshal.
More than 5,000 runners from 29 states and several foreign countries, including Kenya and Ethiopia, will compete for a top prize of $2,500 in the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler Sunday morning, said race spokeswoman Kelsey Jackson.
The race will prompt rolling road closures from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. from West Carson Street in the West End, across the West End bridge, through various streets on the North Shore, across the Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol and David McCullough bridges, along both Penn and Liberty avenues in the Strip District and ending at EQT Plaza Downtown.
In addition, West Carson Street (Route 51) will close between Stanhope and Corliss streets from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday to allow Duquesne Light crews to conduct electrical testing.
West Carson will remain open from Corliss Street to the West End Circle. Residents will be allowed access by police officers posted at Stanhope Street and the Corliss Tunnel. Southbound traffic will be detoured.