The Port Authority of Allegheny County is working to create a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that would streamline commutes for buses from Downtown Pittsburgh to the city's eastern neighborhoods. In preparation for this, Duquesne Light Company (DLC) will be upgrading its infrastructure in areas on and around the route of the bus system. This work is part of DLC's commitment to providing safe, reliable service to our customers in the Downtown, Uptown and Hill District neighborhoods.
Duquesne Light will be working in conjunction with other local utilities, which also will be upgrading their respective infrastructure for the BRT system. DLC's upgrades are part of a major investment to the reliability in the area aimed at fortifying electric capacity as the community's needs grow.
DLC will be replacing 2.5 miles of electric duct bank, 86,000 feet of outdated underground cables, more than 50 poles and at least 30 electrical circuits. While most of this work will not impact customers' power, outages may be required.
Duquesne Light's portion of this project is slated to begin mid-June 2021 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023. Fifth and Forbes avenues between Grant Street and the Birmingham Bridge will be affected by construction work during this time. We’re working to ensure this impact is as minimal as possible. The latest construction and traffic updates are below.
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC UPDATES:
An updated construction work schedule can be accessed here.
During DLC's upgrades for the BRT system, traffic flow will be restricted to a single lane through most active work sites. Work hours will be established to minimize impact to rush hour traffic, PPG Paints Arena events and other city events. Nighttime work will be conducted on Forbes Avenue near I-579 and at the Grant Street, Ross Street and Sixth Avenue intersections with Fifth Avenue.
While traffic can still navigate on Fifth and Forbes avenues, delays are expected. Those traveling through the area are encouraged to avoid construction areas by using I-376 and Centre Avenue as shown below.
For your safety, please be advised that this is an active construction site and as such, there are workers, trucks and other equipment accessing the property and surrounding area. Please exercise caution as you travel through the area.
Please check back for the latest construction and traffic updates.