Closure of the intersection of Penn Avenue and Sixth in downtown Pittsburgh

The intersection of Penn Avenue and Sixth Street in downtown Pittsburgh will be closed today until early June.

The intersection will be closed to allow the city’s mobility and infrastructure department to replace broken and sunken brick crosswalks at the site. Pedestrian crossings will be replaced by stamped and colored concrete sidewalks intended to imitate brick.

During construction, Penn Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Seventh Street to Fifth Avenue.

DOMI has offered several detours to motorists in the area.

To detour to Penn Avenue, city officials recommend turning left on Seventh Street, right on Liberty Avenue, right on Stanwix Street, and right on Fort Duquesne Boulevard.

As a Sixth Street detour, they suggested turning from Fort Duquesne Boulevard right onto Seventh Street, then right onto Liberty Avenue.

For those parking at the 542 Penn Avenue parking lot, DOMI suggested drivers come from Liberty Avenue, turn right onto Fifth Avenue, then right onto Penn Avenue, where a contraflow lane will be maintained to allow drivers to access the garage.

Cyclists using the Penn Avenue bike path will need to get off their bikes at the Sixth Street intersection and walk along the sidewalk, city officials said. Once out of the work zone, cyclists can resume cycling on the cycle path.

At least one sidewalk and one crosswalk will remain open to pedestrians throughout the project.

The work will not impact the Allegheny County Port Authority, city officials said.

The closure is expected to last until June 3, according to city officials.

Frank J. Zottola Construction, Inc. is performing the work at a cost of $254,000.

Julia Felton is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Julia at 724-226-7724, [email protected] or via Twitter .

David H. Henry