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New Trafford bridge could open at end of this month

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The new Trafford Veterans Memorial Bridge might reopen at the end of October — one month ahead of the most-recent project estimates.

Depending on the weather and some site factors, Mosites Construction's work on the $11-million project could wrap up before the calendar flips to November.

Though Trafford Councilwoman Rita Windsor identified Oct. 28 as the possible opening, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Valerie Petersen declined to specify a date. But Petersen did say it's possible the project could wrap up by the end of the month.

“They're working very hard on it, and they're trying to finish as soon as possible,” she said.

Construction on the bridge began in April 2012, which forces drivers who want to take Route 130 through Trafford to take a detour on Forbes Road.

Trafford officials have said they think the reopening of the bridge will be a boost to downtown businesses.

Windsor is on a committee that is planning a dedication ceremony on Nov. 9, two days before Veterans Day. The committee is inviting local veterans to cross the bridge that morning, and the borough will play host to a reception in the Manchester Room afterward.

School board members who live near the bridge have high hopes for what the bridge opening will do for the borough.

“If you own a restaurant in Trafford, watch out,” said Scott Koscho, a school board member who lives in Level Green. “Dom's (Pizzeria) on the corner (of Fifth Street and Cavitt Avenue) is going to be jamming. Parente's (Ristorante) is going to be jamming.”

Another school board member, Nick Petrucci, said the opening could be good timing for the borough, given the development of new nine fields by the All-American Baseball Center on a former Westinghouse industrial plant site below the bridge.

“Trafford could be in for a mini boom,” said Petrucci, who also serves on the Trafford Recreation Board. “I hope so, anyway.”

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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