Inbound Liberty Tunnel Closure Aug. 5-22 in Pittsburgh

Traffic Alert – July 31, 2014: Inbound Liberty Tunnel Closure Aug. 5-22 in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh – PennDOT District 11 is announcing the inbound (northbound) Liberty Tunnel (Route 3069) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will be closed to traffic continuously from Aug. 5-22.

The inbound Liberty Tunnel closure will begin on Tuesday night, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. and remain closed around-the-clock through 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 as crews paint the tunnel. 

Motorists are advised to consider alternate routes. Signs will be posted to guide motorists using the official posted detours:  

Inbound Posted Detour:

  • At the tunnel, take Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) north
  • Take ramp towards I-376 West/South Route 19 (Carnegie/Airport/West End)
  • Bear left  to South Route 19 (Banksville Road)
  • Bear left to east I-376 (Parkway West)
  • Follow I-376 Parkway West eastbound through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
  • Bear right onto eastbound I-376 Parkway East
  • Take the Parkway East to Grant Street (Exit 71-A)
  • From Grant Street, make a right onto Boulevard of the Allies (Route 885)
  • Take Boulevard of the Allies east to Liberty Bridge and Tunnels
  • End detour

Overnight outbound closures may occur as needed during this time frame.  A press release will be issued when outbound work is scheduled.

The $18.8 million Phase IV Liberty Tunnel project includes repair of structural concrete, updating and repair of electrical, lighting and safety systems, refurbishing of the portal buildings and other improvements. The prime contractor is the Swank Construction Company, LLC.  Overall work will conclude this fall.

The 5,889 foot-long Liberty Tunnels were built in 1924. Approximately 45,000 vehicles use the Liberty Tunnels on an average day.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major roadways before traveling.


Media Contact: Steve Cowan, Press Officer, (412) 429-5010 (Office)

(412) 334-5436 (Cell Phone)