Officials confident in temporary Pitcairn bridge until funding comes
A fold-up bridge will suffice until funding is available to repair the Eleanor Street Bridge, Pitcairn officials said.
A temporary bridge that was installed on top of the Eleanor Street Bridge cost the municipality about $27,000, in addition to about $2,000 for the paved ramps on both sides, officials said.
The bridge was installed two weeks ago.
“I was there to watch the unloading of the bridge and went back after the ramps were there to watch the traffic go over the bridge, and I have no concerns,” said Pitcairn engineer Don Black at the April 23 council meeting.
Repairing the bridge is estimated to cost about $360,000, which might be available through Allegheny County, though it is uncertain if, or when, the funding will be available, said council President John Prucnal, who lives on Eleanor Street.
“We have no idea what (funding) they'll give us,” Prucnal said. “That's the whole problem.”
The bridge carries local traffic to small, residential area.
PennDOT officials said the bridge is too short to meet funding requirements, and a letter that borough officials sent to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) has yet to yield any state funding, Prucnal said.
Local officials closed the bridge about a month ago, citing safety concerns.
Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or email@example.com.
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