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Parkway West Construction to Resume Soon

PennDOT officials and representatives of contractor Swank Construction will hold two public meetings this week to give information and answer questions about upcoming construction on the Parkway West.

The $72.83 million I-376 project began last summer and will resume next month. The plans call for major improvements to the parkway from I-79 to the Fort Pitt Tunnel including repaving, rebuilding and resurfacing shoulders, improving drainage, replacing guardrails and concrete barriers, adding road signs and rehabilitating bridges.

PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said drivers should be on the lookout for weekend and nighttime lane closures. He also pointed out that drivers like to travel quickly on the parkway, which can be hazardous to them and to workers.

“We will have shifting of lanes, we will have narrowed lanes in certain sections, so motorists need to be careful. Make sure that you’re focused on your driving. Slow down,” Cowan said.

At the public meetings, PennDOT will provide additional project details, explain traffic restrictions and road closures, and outline upcoming detour routes. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday in Greentree’s Council chambers and the other at 6 p.m. Thursday in Carnegie’s Council chambers.