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Parkway 'Bathtub' To Close This Weekend

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The so-called "bathtub" section of the Parkway East will be closed this weekend for roadwork.

"Essentially from the Grant Street off-ramp to the Fort Pitt Bridge approaches," PennDOT District 11 spokesman Jim Struzzi said.

They've got a lot of concrete patching and resurfacing to do – so much so this job will probably take this weekend and next.

While the pavers lay the hot stuff, this is what you're going to have to do behind the wheel.

Coming in from about Bates Street on the Parkway East toward the city, you will be gradually funneled into the left lane and forced to get off at Grant Street, then left onto Fort Pitt Boulevard.

"We're going to have city police at those intersections to keep traffic on the detour route moving," Struzzi said.

Four blocks later it's left and back onto the parkway ramp to the Fort Pitt Bridge. Not much of a detour but, you're talking about three lanes of drivers forced into one lane with turns and stops.

"Wherever you're going downtown and we don't want to discourage people from coming downtown – we still want people to come downtown – just be prepared for changing traffic patterns, possible delays and consider alternate routes."

There is no doubt drivers heading to the North Shore for Pirates games will be impacted as will folks leaving the Race for the Cure, but PennDOT says they've got to get this work done.

"When it reopens on Monday, they are going to find that the road is greatly improved," Struzzi said.

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