Pittsburgh Bridges

Area Bridge Closures Impact On Mass Transit

Dec 7, 2015
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The closure of the Greenfield Bridge is resulting in detours for commuters in private vehicles and those taking public transportation. However, the structure spanning I-376 isn’t the only bridge closing in the region. Three bridges where Braddock, Rankin, North Braddock and Swissvale come together have closed for repairs resulting in the rerouting of traffic and bus routes. Jim Ritchie, communications officer for the Port Authority joined us to address how this is impacting mass transit.
 
“We want the bridges to be safe and be able to accommodate the vehicles we have going throughout the county,” says Ritchie.

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Pittsburgh is sometimes known as the city of bridges, but without additional funding, bridges in disrepair are likely to be weight-restricted and mass-transit systems will have to scale back projects.

This month, legislative leaders are reportedly continuing discussions about transportation funding in the commonwealth and hope to map out a proposal that could be voted on by mid-November.

The man who wrote probably the definitive book on the building of the Brooklyn Bridge will have a bridge named for him in his native Pittsburgh.

The 90-year-old Sixteenth Street Bridge, which links the Strip District and the North Side, will be rededicated Sunday as the David McCullough Bridge in honor of the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian.

McCullough will be joined Sunday — his 80th birthday — by family members, friends, fans and local officials for the unveiling of the plaque formally renaming the bridge.

Bridges Around the State Evaluated by PennDOT

Jun 4, 2013
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In the wake of the deadly bridge collapse in Washington, interest has increased in the current condition and safety of Pennsylvania’s bridges. With the average age of bridges on the state system well over 50, PennDOT must evaluate the numerous bridges and consider the needs and costs of the state infrastructure.   According the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Allegheny County has 2,247 bridges yet many of them are categorized as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.