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Department of Public Safety Prepares for a Busy Labor Day Weekend with Multiple Road Closures

PITTSBURGH — The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety is gearing up for a busy and event-packed Labor Day weekend that is expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors to the Golden Triangle and North Shore.

“We remind everyone that due to the many expected guests coming into the greater Downtown area, that if they see something, they should say something and call 911,” said Public Safety Director Lee Schmidt.

To ensure everyone stays safe while having fun, the Pittsburgh Public Safety bureaus—Police, Fire, and EMS—along with local law enforcement partners will be in the area actively monitoring the events.

Additionally, motorists are advised that due to the large number of scheduled events many area roads will experience significant traffic disruptions. The events and their associated road closures are as follows:

  • Soulful Taste of the Burgh Soul Food Festival
    • Runs Friday-Sunday (9/1-9/3) in Market Square, PPG Plaza, and on Boulevard of the Allies
    • Road Closures with a scheduled reopening on Monday (9/4) at 3:00 a.m.:
      • Forbes Avenue from Wood Street to Stanwix Street
      • Third Avenue from Wood Street to Stanwix Street
      • Market Street and Graeme Street from Fifth Avenue to Market Square
      • Entirety of Market Square
      • Boulevard of the Allies from Wood Street to Stanwix Street
  • Labor Day Parade
    • Monday (9/4)
    • Roads close at 9:30 a.m.; parade begins at 10:00 a.m.
    • Parade route:
      • Begins at the intersection of Centre Avenue with Crawford Street
      • Runs along Sixth Avenue, Grant Street, and Boulevard of the Allies
      • Ends at Boulevard of the Allies and Stanwix Street
  • Acrisure Stadium Kickoff and Rib Festival
    • Runs Wednesday (8/30) to Monday (9/4), begins daily at 12 p.m.
    • Road Closures of General Robinson and Art Rooney
  • University of Pittsburgh vs. Wofford College Football Game
    • Saturday (9/2) at 3:30pm
    • Same closures as RibFest, but additional traffic volumes will be present in the area
  • Steelers 5K Footrace
    • Monday (9/4) at 8:00am; with a scheduled reopening of 11:00 a.m.
    • Event route:
      • Begins at the intersection of Allegheny Avenue/North Shore Drive with Casino Way
      • Runs along North Shore Drive, Mazeroski Way, General Robinson, River Avenue, and Lacock Street
      • Ends at Acrisure Stadium

Lastly, a helicopter lift operation is scheduled for Sunday, September 3, to replace the signs on the top of the Federated Tower building. The operation will begin by 6:00 a.m. and will last until approximately 6:00 p.m. and will include materials being lifted to and from barges along the Allegheny River.

Grant Street will be reduced to one lane each way from 7th Avenue to Liberty Avenue. The impacted road closures are as follows:

  • Liberty Avenue from Grant Street to 10th Street
  • 11th Street from 10th Street to Liberty Avenue
  • Waterfront Place 13th Street to 11th Street
  • Smallman Street from 13th Street to 11th Street
  • Penn Avenue from 16th Street to 11th Street

The Pittsburgh Bureaus of Fire and EMS, including the Fire Boat and River Rescue, will be on standby throughout the duration of the lift.



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Emily Bourne
Public Information Officer
Public Safety