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North Braddock bridge dedication honors AMVETS

| Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 1:01 a.m.

For years, the bridge carrying Route 30 traffic over Electric Avenue in North Braddock lacked a proper name.

It will become the AMVETS Memorial Bridge on Saturday at noon.

The end of the two-year, $12.9 million rehabilitation project will be commemorated as North Braddock AMVETS Post No. 60, state Sen. James Brewster, Rep. Paul Costa and others who will gather along Route 30 to reveal signs that bear the new name.

North Braddock council vice president Christopher Roland, an AMVETS member, said he contacted state legislators about having the bridge named to honor the organization.

“My dad was away three years on active duty in the Army,” Roland, 29, said of his father Bill, who retired from the service when he returned from a 12-month tour in Kosovo. “(AMVETS) helped my family. The commander would check in on us. They're a great bunch of guys up there.”

Roland said the post is involved with veterans and their families throughout the community and puts flags on veterans' graves on Memorial Day.

“It just made a lot of sense to recognize the good works of the local agency,” Brewster's chief of staff Tim Joyce said. “The intent was to honor all veterans and the AMVETS organization, and specifically Post 60, for the good works they do.”

Brewster introduced legislation to help pave the way for the name change.

Costa, who introduced similar legislation, agreed the decision to support the measure was an easy one.

“When there was construction they approached and asked if they could get the name changed,” Costa recalled. “The AMVETS do stuff year round; it was a no-brainer. I know how involved they are in the community.”

PennDOT's replacement project included paving and approach work, improved drainage, new guiderails and barriers and highway lighting. Trumbull Corp. of Pittsburgh was contractor.

A post-ceremony reception will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the AMVETS post on Wolfe Avenue in North Braddock.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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