NIOSH Mining Safety and Health Research

Visitor Information

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The majority of the work in the NIOSH Mining research program is conducted at two sites, the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory (PRL), and the Spokane Research Laboratory (SRL).

PRL Visitor Information

Directions to PRL

The NIOSH Mining Pittsburgh Research Laboratory (PRL) is located in the Bruceton Research Center, a large facility in the suburbs south of downtown Pittsburgh. The site also houses offices for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (, the Department of Energy (, and the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL).

Visitors must enter the site from the Cochrans Mill Road gate. Upon check-in at this gate, visitors will receive detailed directions to the PRL building or person they are visiting.

Note to International Visitors: There are special security information requirements for international visitors. Please ask your PRL contact person for the necessary forms and procedures.

Directions to the Bruceton Research Center from Pittsburgh International Airport:

Map from the Pittsburgh International Airport to the Bruceton Research Center

  1. Exit the airport for Pittsburgh on Route 60 South.
  2. Route 60 (6.7 miles) becomes Route 22-30 (Parkway West).
  3. Route 22-30 (3.4 miles) becomes Route 279 (Penn Lincoln Highway).
  4. Exit Route 279 (5.3 miles) onto Exit 5B, labeled "Truck Route 19 South/Route 51 South, Uniontown." This is just before the Fort Pitt Tunnel. Caution: There will be traffic merging from your right at the R51 south exit. You should get into the right lane 1 to 2 miles before the exit.
  5. Travel 7.6 miles on Route 51 South until you reach the BlockBuster video store on your left (just before a railroad overpass).
  6. Immediately after the railroad overpass, turn right (South Park/Bethel Park/Yellow Belt exit onto Curry Hollow Rd).
  7. Follow Curry Hollow Rd. for about 1.4 miles (get into the left lane). At the bottom of a steep hill, turn left at a Y intersection with a traffic Light (there are 5 traffic lights between the South Park exit and the Y intersection).
  8. Travel 0.3 miles (stay in left lane) to a stop sign (avoid the right lane which does not have a stop sign and goes up the hill toward South Park). Proceed through stop sign onto Cochrans Mill Rd.
  9. Drive approximately 2.3 miles to a small stone sign for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Bruceton Research Center on your right. Turn right into the Center.
  10. Stop at the gate and get directions to the building or person you are visiting.

Lodging Near PRL

The following hotels are within 6 miles of PRL. For more information on accommodations in the Pittsburgh area, please visit the Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau at The hotel links below are all outside of CDC.

Comfort Inn 1340 Lebanon Church Road, West Mifflin, PA 15236
Hampton Inn 1550 Lebanon Church Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Hilton Pittsburgh & Towers
600 Commonwealth Place, Gateway Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Oak Noggin Bed & Breakfast 209 Waterman Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15129
Marriott Springhill Suites 1000 Regis Avenue, West Mifflin, PA 15122
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 3122 Lebanon Church Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122
Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South 164 Fort Couch Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Sheraton Station Square (downtown) 7 Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15129

Map from the Bruceton Research Center to the Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, Springhill Suites and Holiday Inn Select

PRL Maps

Bruceton Research Center Site Map

Maps from PRL to other NIOSH facilities in the Pittsburgh area:

SRL Visitor Information

Directions to the NIOSH Mining Spokane Research Laboratory from Spokane International Airport:

Download Map - this map also includes the locations and phone numbers of hotels in the Spokane, WA area.

  1. From the airport, take Interstate 90 east.
  2. Take exit 281, and turn left (north) on S. Division Street (U.S. Highway 2)
  3. After 1.8 miles, turn right (east) on East Montgomery Avenue
  4. The research center is on the left at 315 E. Montgomery Ave. Enter the building through the center doors. A receptionist will assist you.

Page last updated: October 21, 2008
Page last reviewed: June 19, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mining Division