Traffic patterns will switch on I-79 Southbound beginning on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM between the SR 528 and SR 228 interchanges. Traffic will be moved from the current lanes to the median temporary lanes. During the switch, traffic will be restricted to one lane. Two lanes of traffic will reopen at 6:00 AM Friday morning.
Projects in Cranberry Township
Freedom Road Bridge over PA Turnpike
The Freedom Road Turnpike Bridge project involves the complete replacement of the structure carrying Freedom Road (Route 3020) over the Turnpike at Milepost T-28.01 in Cranberry Township, Butler County. The goal of this project is to completely replace the existing bridge with a wider one that has additional travel lanes to accommodate the high traffic volumes on Freedom Road. Sidewalks will be included. The new structure will also be lengthened to accommodate future reconstruction of the Turnpike which will include an additional travel lane in each direction. The design and construction of this project is being administered by PennDOT District 10 with the participation of the PA Turnpike Commission.
General traffic restrictions on Freedom Rd. are scheduled to begin on April 1, 2019. This includes, but is not limited to, general flagging of traffic and lane width restrictions. During certain phases of the project, travel lanes will be restricted to a 10 ft. width. These traffic restrictions will take place over the course of the project. The project has a scheduled completion date of December 4, 2020.
Utility Relocations in 2019:
- Tentative Schedule: First Energy/Penn Power Poles (Feb-April), Columbia Gas (April-May), Armstrong (April-May), DQE (May-July), Crown Castle/Sunesys (July-Sept), Consolidated Communications (Sept- Nov)
- Short term lane closures may be needed for utility relocations.
Note: Construction signs at Freedom/Rt 19 are for the Turnpike Message Board project and not the Freedom Road Bridge.
* Rt. 228 (in front of Burgatory); Freedom Rd. (overhead sign approaching Rt. 19 and Rt. 19 in front of Party City).
All start dates and project duration provided by PennDot are approximate and subject to change.
Design of a north/south connector road to provide a grade-separated connection between Cranberry Springs and developments to the north of Rt. 228 to MSA, Cranberry Woods and developments to the south of Rt. 228. The thruway will also provide direct access from I-79 into the Cranberry Springs development, including the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. The thruway also includes pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The Township has received final approval for this project. April 2018 Project Map Opens a New Window. Project Update 2019: Utilities - grading utility relocation work.
I-79 NB & SB Bridges over North Boundary Road
North Boundary Road will be close Friday, July 19 at 10:00 PM to demolish the I -79 Southbound Bridge. The road will reopen by 6:00 AM Mon., July 22. Follow the posted detour.
This closure is considered tentative pending weather, materials and all approvals for the installation of the temporary structure on I-79.
This project involves the complete replacement of two structures carrying I-79 over North Boundary Rd. in Cranberry Township, Butler County. The project goal is the expedited replacement of two currently deficient structures. The southbound bridge will be replaced in 2019 and the northbound bridge will be replaced in 2020. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on I-79 at all times using a cross over to a temporary bridge located between the two existing structures. Traffic will be maintained on North Boundary Rd. at all times with the exception of short-term weekend closures for bridge demolition. Projected project start date: March 4, 2019; construction in 2019-20. Project overview Opens a New Window.
Rochester Road / Meeder Farm Project
Widening of Rochester Rd. for an additional through lane in each direction, from Commerce Park Dr. to Graham School Rd. This project will be completed by the developer of Meeder Farms. Projected Status: Site work began February 5, 2019. Work along Rochester Rd. work is pending PennDot.
Route 19 & St. Francis Way Signal Upgrade
This will upgrade the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Rt, 19 and St. Francis Way/Cranberry Mall entrance. The signal was constructed in 1987 and improvements to the intersection would bring it up to current construction standards and incorporate much needed pedestrian and ADA accessibility measures. Additionally, will evaluate the current signal phasing to improve congestion management and vehicle flow throughout the intersection and the southern portion of the Rt. 19 corridor in the Township. This is a grant project jointly funded by Cranberry Township. Project Status: Scheduled for construction in 2019.
Expect congestion and delays in heavy traffic volume periods. Slow down and use caution in work zones. Fines are doubled for violations in work zones. Drive responsibly for your safety and the safety of the workers.
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