PennDOT Projects

Projects in Cranberry Township

DETOUR Freedom Road Weekend Closure, Executive Drive to Commonwealth Dr. 

As part of the PennDOT Freedom Road Turnpike Bridge Project, short term weekend closures will be necessary for work on Freedom Road. 

View the detour maps here:  Map 1 and Map 2



POSTPONED Closing Fri., Nov. 15, at 10:00 PM and expected to re-open on Mon., Nov. 18 at 6:00 AM

Per PennDOT, Freedom Road will be closed from Executive Drive to Commonwealth Drive beginning at 10 PM Nov. 15. The road will re-open at 6 AM Nov. 18, weather permitting. Freedom Road will be open to the intersections of Commonwealth Drive and Executive Drive and closed between those intersections on Freedom Road.

The detour eastbound on Freedom Road will have motorists turn right onto Commonwealth Drive to Thornhill Road, then go northbound on Route 19 to Freedom Road.

Motorists westbound on Freedom Road will turn right onto Executive Drive, turn right onto Cranberry Square Drive then go southbound onto Route 19 to Thornhill Road to Commonwealth Drive, back to Freedom Road.

Delays are anticipated, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. The Township will provide police assistance during these closures.

During the closure, crews from Beech Construction Inc. of Carnegie will replace two cross pipes under Freedom Road and install new drainage systems. Traffic and roadway signals will be replaced, and lighting improved.

The overall project aims to replace the existing bridge over Interstate 76 with a two-span, six-lane bridge. The bridge will also have sidewalks.


About the project: The Freedom Road Turnpike Bridge project involves the complete replacement of the structure carrying Freedom Road 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.

All start dates and project duration provided by PennDot are approximate and subject to change.

General traffic restrictions along Freedom Rd. This includes 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.As traffic conditions warrant, we implement Traffic Signal Timing Contingency Plans to best manage traffic. Sign up for Cranberry Alerts

Butler Co. PennDOT District 10 (click image to view project page)

Freedom Rd Bridge_drawing July 2018

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Freedom Road Turnpike Bridge Project

MSA Thruway 

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 Project Update 2019: Utilities -  grading utility relocation work.

MSA Thruway

MSA Thruway

I-79 NB & SB Bridges over North Boundary Road

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  

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.

2019 projects (click for larger map)

Township Transportation Construction Projects 2019

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