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Trafford bridge to open Oct. 26

| Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A new bridge in Trafford will soon be open for travel.

The Trafford Veterans Memorial Bridge will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 during a community celebration and a parade with active military members and veterans.

Construction of the $11 million bridge began in April 2012, when the old bridge was demolished and detours went into effect for motorists.

The former bridge, which had been deemed structurally deficient, was built in 1964.

The new bridge carries Route 130 over Turtle Creek between Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. It is wider than the previous span, and a signal will control traffic flowing into Trafford, according to PennDOT.

The festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, an aerial salute and a parade with the Penn-Trafford High School marching band, color guard and cheerleaders.

A reception will follow in the borough building with refreshments donated by area restaurants and residents. The festivities are free and open to the public.

The Trafford Veterans Memorial Bridge Dedication Committee and PennDOT are planning the event.

Veterans or active military members interested in participating should contact Mayor Reynold Peduzzi at 412-475-5710.

The dedication committee is accepting donations to defray costs. Donations designated “Trafford Veterans Bridge Donation” can be sent to Trafford Borough, PO Box 196, Trafford, PA 15085.

For information about the event, contact dedication committee chairman Larry George at 412-373-2276.

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