Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Greensburg Pike Bridge Ready to Be Replaced Closing Tuesday; New Span in Nov. 2014

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Greensburg Pike Bridge Ready to Be Replaced Closing Tuesday; New Span in Nov. 2014

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The Greensburg Pike Bridge connecting Turtle Creek and North Versailles is ready for retirement.

Eighty-eight years old, the rusting steel structure has a posted weight limit of 11 tons, a fraction of what a healthier bridge could support. Stopgap repairs were needed three years ago to keep it open until a new bridge could be built. It is rated structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, with a sufficiency rating of just 9 on a 100-point scale.

Monday will be its last full day of service. A new $16.2 million structure is going up alongside it, and Allegheny County's contractor will start work to tie the neighboring roads to it. Greensburg Pike will close there on Tuesday, possibly for more than a year, sending an estimated 7,000 vehicles per day on long detours.

The county will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Turtle Creek Municipal Building, 125 Monroeville Ave., to display project plans and inform residents and businesses about the detours.

Michael Dillon, county construction engineering manager, said the new bridge will align better with the Penn Avenue-Airbrake Avenue- Monroeville Avenue intersection on the Turtle Creek side. …

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