Check the East Liberty Post Penn Circle Conversion page for updates on the construction project to return two-way circulation to Penn Circle South and Penn Circle East (Centre Avenue), after more than three decades of confusing and dangerous one-way, four-lane traffic patterns.
City of Pittsburgh press release:
CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON PENN CIRCLE SOUTH/EAST
The City of Pittsburgh advises that construction work will begin on Monday, August 23, 2010, on a one (1) year project, in the East Liberty section of the City, to perform intersection, sidewalk, and street pavement improvements along Penn Circle south and East between South Highland Avenue, and Collins Street. The intent of this project is to convert Penn Circle to two-way traffic operations and create a “Main Street” environment in order to better accommodate business development in East Liberty including the new Target Store. This work will include changes to roadway pavements, sidewalks, traffic signals and signs, streetlighting, new street inlets, and pavement markings, and landscaping. During the various phases of construction the project will affect all of the intersecting streets along Penn Circle South and East.
Work will be performed in a series of phases/sub phases, and will result in lane restrictions throughout the immediate area. The location and extent of these restrictions will change from phase to phase, and will cause delays to motorists passing through the area. Port Authority bus stops will be relocated and the locations will be posted.