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Work to shut down span between Carnegie, Scott for six months

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Rehabilitation of a shared bridge between Carnegie and Scott will leave traffic snarled for more than six months beginning in May.

The Third Street Bridge, also known as the Glendale Bridge, connects Third Street in Carnegie across the Chartiers Creek to Carothers Avenue in Scott. The bulk of the rehabilitation involves the installation of lighting across the length of the bridge.

“This bridge has been in the process of getting this rehabilitation for years,” said county councilman Mike Finnerty. “Scott and Carnegie – they want lights on the bridge.”

The work is tied to the Tri-Community Revitalization Project, a multimunicipal project involving Carnegie, Scott and Heidelberg, according to Carnegie council President Pat Catena. The project focuses on Route 50 in Heidelberg, Carothers Avenue in Scott and Third Street in Carnegie.The project began in early 2013.

Finnerty said the county will do the rehabilitation because the bridge is county-owned. The total cost of the lighting is about $36,800, and each municipality will be responsible for 20 percent.

After the project electricity costs will be the responsibility of the communities; each will pay half of the electric bill, said Scott Township manager Denise Fitzgerald. She said the bill will be about $25 total each month.

“We agreed that if one of the light poles breaks on our side of the bridge, we'll fix it, and if one breaks on their side of the bridge, they'll replace it,” she said. “It really should be a pretty simple agreement.

Fitzgerald said the township commissioners have approved the agreement. Carnegie borough manager Stephen Beuter said Carnegie council has not approved its end yet.

“We're hoping that both communities can agree on it and we can get moving on it,” Fitzgerald said.

Catena said the joint agreement is less of an issue than the changes in traffic patterns the project will create.

“That bridge is very heavily traveled,” he said. “It's going to be a pretty big adjustment for a lot of people.”

He said he expects traffic within the borough to increase with the bridge closure.

“Traffic on Washington (Avenue) is going to increase exponentially,” he said. “We need to plan for it the best we possibly can.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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