A detour for Trafford bus riders will begin on Monday as the Trafford Bridge closes for the $10.7 million construction of a span.
According to the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the detour will last five weeks to continue bus service around the closed bridge that carries Route 130 over Turtle Creek and a Norfolk Southern railway. A long-term detour will be put in place after pre-construction work along Brinton Avenue near the present bridge is finished.
The interim detour for the Trafford 69 and P69 Trafford Flyer will travel along state roads instead of local streets, according to the Port Authority.
Inbound and outbound bus stops being discontinued as part of the interim detour include: Brinton at Fifth, Fifth at Cavitt, Forest at Duquesne and Forest at Sixth and Seventh.
The following stops will remain in place: Sixth Avenue opposite Duquesne Way, Sixth opposite Cavitt, Sixth at Brinton. A new stop will be added at Seventh at Forest.
The bridge closes Monday at 7 a.m., according to the PennDOT. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2013. Costs are projected at $10.7 million.
The official detour is Forbes Road or Route 4018.
The current span was deemed structurally deficient and will be torn down and replaced. The new bridge will have two lanes and sidewalks in both directions.
More information on the detour can be found at www.portauthority.org.
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