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Detours, other travel tips for Boulevard of the Allies

Sunday, May 20, 2001

PennDOT will post signs providing motorists with routes to bypass the closed outbound lanes of the Boulevard of the Allies between the Liberty Bridge and South Oakland starting Tuesday.

In addition to shutting down a key route from Downtown to Oakland, the reconstruction work will seal off the boulevard entry ramp to the Parkway East and close one of two inbound lanes from South Oakland through the Bluff.

  Online Map:
Boulevard closing



Several unofficial detours and alternate routes may work better than official detours for some motorists.

Downtown-Oakland -- Forbes and Fifth avenues are one-way streets paralleling the Boulevard. During certain times of the day, and during the summer vacation season, Forbes and Fifth may be good choices.

From Route 51 -- If you live south of Route 88, use Lebanon Church Road or Streets Run Road. Take the so-called "back-door" route to Oakland via Route 837 through the South Side or via Route 885 through Hazelwood.

Downtown-Parkway East -- Use the Wood Street entrance ramp to the Parkway East to avoid congestion at the Grant Street entrance ramp.

To head east from points north and west -- To avoid most of Downtown, use I-279 across the North Shore and the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Take the I-376 exit lane at Point State Park to Fort Pitt Boulevard eastbound and Parkway East. (The signs say Monroeville.) Because trucks over 8 tons cannot use Fort Pitt Boulevard eastbound, drivers have to continue through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and make a U-turn at Banksville interchange, thereby circling back to the Parkway East.

Two things not to do

Don't expect to detour to Oakland by turning right at the north end of the Liberty Tunnels and cutting through the South Side. Lower McArdle Roadway to East Carson Street is closed.

Don't expect to exit the Parkway East onto the Boulevard of the Allies inbound and expect to travel quickly to the Liberty Tunnels or Crosstown Boulevard during rush hours. Only one inbound lane of the boulevard will be open.

Bus rider alert

The boulevard work will detour the following bus routes. Expect delays:

28X Airport Flyer, 44U Oakland-Bridgeville, 53F Homestead-Lincoln Place, 53H Homeville-Duquesne, 53K Homestead-Kennywood, 67A Monroeville, 67C Laketon Road, 67E Greensburg Pike, 67F Trafford, 67H Squirrel Hill, 67J Lincoln Highway, 77U Oakland-Penn Hills and 100 West Busway-All Stops.

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