Remembering one year ago today when the Greenfield Bridge reopened — 14 October 2017.
Remembering one year ago today when the Greenfield Bridge reopened — 14 October 2017.
As you’ve probably noticed there are lane restrictions this week on the Greenfield Bridge. It’s being done so that the contractors can install pedestrian railings on the low walls at the ends of the bridge. Here’s the official notice.
TRAFFIC RESTRICTION BEECHWOOD BOULEVARD (GREENFIELD) BRIDGE
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 22, 2018) The City of Pittsburgh will be restricting traffic on the Greenfield Bridge beginning Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. and extending for up to 10 workdays to allow the contractor, Interstate Fence, to install supplemental pedestrian safety railing above the wing walls of the bridge on all four corners. To safely accommodate work on the downtown side of the bridge, travel will be restricted to 1 (one) lane toward Greenfield. Pedestrians will be shifted onto the cartway using the outbound curb lane. No outbound travel lane restrictions, however, are permitted from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. workdays. Pedestrians and ADA passages will be maintained at all times. During the evening peak hours and non-work times, pedestrians will have to use the sidewalk. To safely accommodate work on the Squirrel Hill Tunnel side of the bridge, the bike lane will be closed with cyclists directed to use the travel lane to cross the bridge.
Work progress and duration are weather dependent.
If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Mr. Aaron Pickering, Project Manager of Michael Baker International at 412-269-6423 or via email to Apickering@mbakerint.com.
… is a fun filled day to celebrate the opening of the new Greenfield Bridge. Here’s the schedule. (Download the Event flyer here.)
11:00 Beat the Bridge Fun Run
Be one of the first to run from Greenfield to Schenley as the Bridge opens to pedestrians! Free! Just 1 mile. (Due to permitting issues we can’t do the 5K. Click here for the flyer.)
12:00 Zumba on the Bridge
Ever Zumba? On a Bridge? Here’s your chance for a free dance/aerobic class! Participants must be 16 or over, and are strongly
encouraged to bring their own water.
12:00 – 7:00p Kids Plus Children’s Festival
Kids Plus will host a child-focused festival chock full of children’s activities, as well as live music!
2:00 – 7:00p The Bridge is Back!
Please join the community on the Bridge as we celebrate the return of the Bridge, and reestablishing our connection with Schenley Park! The event will feature food trucks from around the area, and free games such as miniature golf and giant block-stacking, an even larger ring toss, a rock climbing wall, and adult-sized big wheels.
3:00 – 6:30p The Fantastic Adventure: Greenfield Bridge
Join City of Play as they premiere a neighborhood-wide, immersive adventure to welcome the Greenfield Bridge. Part storytelling, part scavenger hunt, and part festival, the Fantastic Adventure is a new type of theatrical event that puts you in the center of the action. Start your adventure by choosing an apple on the bridge anytime before 3pm, but beware… the choices you make will have legendary consequences.
7:00p Ribbon Cutting
The Mayor’s office and distinguished guests will officially ring-in the new bridge with a ribbon cutting followed by a small parade and the uplighting of the Bridge, provided by Luxe Creative.
8:00p The Greenfield Glug
The day will be capped by the first ever Greenfield Glug. A free circulating shuttle will be running from 8-12pm, between J Goughs, Hough’s, Yesterdays, Zano’s and Big Jims. Participants wearing a Bridge is Back T-shirt will receive special drink and food specials. Click here for the flyer with map.
Sunday, October 15th
The bridge officially opens to traffic, pending the completion of work.
The Greenfield Community Association
Mayor William Peduto
City Councilman Corey O’Connor
Michael Baker International
Oakland Transportation Management Association
PennDOT and FHWA
The City of Pittsburgh Departments of Public Works and Public Safety
City of Play
Healthy Ride, and
The “Bridge is Back” will be a party like no other. Two years ago, the neighborhood hosted “Bridgefest” to help mourn the passing of its much beloved and used connection to Schenley Park and Oakland, the Beechwood Boulevard Bridge. The party was a celebration of the history and iconic status of this bridge. The party was planned as a commemoration and farewell to the old failing bridge. The celebration planned for the opening of the new bridge is designed to look forward and create a lasting memory for the dedication of the new Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) Bridge II.
Come to the bridge, Saturday, October 14th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. with a short fun run across the bridge and into the park, followed at noon by Kid’s Plus Children’s Festival and live music from the City’s young talent.
At 2:00 p.m., the celebration expands onto the bridge and its environs. The bridge will play host to numerous events throughout the afternoon and into the evening including, a Fantastic Adventure orchestrated by City of Play, games on the bridge (BIG Bigwheel races, Miniature golf, ring toss, Giant Jenga, and a rock wall) more live music, food trucks, a transport vehicle show of both 1922 and 2017 vehicles. The event culminates with a sunset ribbon cutting, which will illuminate the bridge under the direction of Lux Creative and signal the start of a small vehicle parade of the old and new across the bridge and into the neighborhood before returning to the bridge.
The evening will be capped with Greenfield’s first GLUG, a free circulating shuttle starting at 8:00 p.m. and running to 12:00 midnight circulating through the neighborhood providing passage to Greenfield’s local establishments, each providing drink specials to help celebrate the opening.
This event is a partnership with the Greenfield Community Association, Mayor William Peduto, City Councilman Corey O’Connor, the bridge construction team (Mosites Construction, Michael Baker International, HDR, PennDOT, and FHWA) as well as the City Departments of Public Works and Public Safety, Kids Plus, Lux Creative, City of Play, BikePGH, Healthy Ride, and Bicycle Heaven. All this is in anticipation of the scheduled opening of the bridge to all traffic the following morning, Sunday, October 15th.
More details will be rolled out as they become available including a program of activities, and a list of food trucks and bands, and how to get a T-shirt.
Greenfield Bridge Project: News from City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works:
Parkway East Westbound Closure and Eastbound Lane Restrictions this weekend for roadway improvements.
CLOSURE WESTBOUND (inbound):
The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works has announced that this weekend the Westbound (INBOUND) lanes of the Parkway East (I-376) will be closed in the vicinity of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel and Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) Bridge. These closures will require inbound traffic to detour off I-376 at the Wilkinsburg Exit. Local Traffic can proceed to the Edgewood Exit. In addition, the I-376 Westbound ramps from Edgewood/Regent Square and from Squirrel Hill will BE CLOSED.
The closures are scheduled for 9:00pm Friday, September 29 thru 5:00am Monday, October 2, 2017.
LANE RESTRICTIONS EASTBOUND (outbound):
Outbound lane restrictions are scheduled to begin Thursday night, September 28, 2017 in the same vicinity. It is anticipated that there will be two outbound lanes restricted both Thursday night at 9:00pm until Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:00am, and Friday night at 9:00pm until Saturday, September 30, 2017 at noon. A single lane will then be restricted from Saturday at noon until Saturday evening.
These closures/restrictions are needed to complete roadway resurfacing of the Parkway East (I-376) inbound and outbound.
The detour routes will be the same as was in place for the previous closures. Signage will be provided to direct motorists.
The Westbound (Inbound) detour will begin at Wilkinsburg Exit 78B. Inbound traffic coming from the East will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 78B. Local traffic traveling Westbound will be able to use the Edgewood/Swissvale Exit 77 off-ramp.
The Edgewood/Swissvale and Squirrel Hill/Homestead on-ramps to I-376 inbound will also be closed.
Motorists seeking to proceed west toward downtown are advised to take Beacon off Murray Avenue to the Boulevard of the Allies and access I-376 westbound using the Boulevard of the Allies entrance ramp.
Maps of the official detours are available on the Oakland Transportation Management Association’s (OTMA) community outreach website (http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org)
Off-duty police will be monitoring key intersections to assist motorists along the detour route and to help minimize travel times.
Motorsits traveling from the East are encouraged to use the regional detour route via the SR 28 interchange to the PA Turnpike.
Motorists traveling from the west should expect delays and consider alternatie routes.
All construction work is weather permitting.
When traveling through the work area, drivers are advised to use caution and expect delays.
City of Play will premiere …
on Saturday October 14, 2017 to celebrate the opening of the Greenfield Bridge.
Part scavenger hunt, part immersive theater, Fantastic Adventures are neighborhood-wide, pervasive games based on traditional mythology and oral histories. Players are invited to explore Schenley Park and Greenfield in small teams, interacting with unforgettable characters in hidden locations. Choose whom to trust, whom to avoid, and how a neighborhood should tell its story.
When: Wednesday, September 13th, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Palisade Playhouse (3929 Coleman St.)
Seeking: Greenfield craftspeople & storytellers interested in playing a role in the facilitation of a large game for the celebration of the opening of the Greenfield Bridge on Saturday, October 14th.
Compensation: $100 stipend, paid on the day of the event.
Questions? Contact City of Play’s Director: Greg Manley – firstname.lastname@example.org – 510 225 5221
The Fantastic Adventure is being produced through the support of the Greenfield Community Association.
In anticipation of the new Greenfield Bridge, the 58 bus route was changed to its original path from Greenfield into Oakland via Schenley Park effective 3 September 2017 … except … Uh oh! The Greenfield Bridge didn’t open September 2 as all of us had hoped many months ago.
So, beginning on Sunday September 3, the 58 bus will follow the detour mapped above until the bridge opens in October.
The detour is different than the route used for the past two years because it has to be shorter to stay on schedule.
Check the map above for the revised stops: blue dots are normal route stops, purple dots are the two in-detour stops.
Click here for the Port Authority Press Release about this change. Click here for the 58 bus schedule, effective 3 September 2017, on the Port Authority website.
The bus will disappear from the True Time map when it is on the detour — dotted purple lines above. It will reappear between Oakland (CMU) and Schenley Park, and between Ronald St/Alger St and Downtown. If you are using True Time to catch the bus to Downtown, note when it leaves Oakland. From where it disappears on Panther Hollow Road, figure about five minutes to Alger Street where it will reappear. Similarly in the reverse direction. By doing this, you can still predict the arrival times.
The 58 will return to the bridge when it opens.
Routes 52L, 53L and 93 will not change even after the bridge opens.
As the Greenfield Bridge nears completion, work will focus periodically on areas overhanging I-376 (the Parkway East). This includes painting and the removal of any remnant bracing pieces and equipment.
To ensure motorists’ safety, PennDOT has approved lane restrictions for weeknights from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. starting August 7, through September 5, 2017. There will be intermittent inbound and outbound single lane closures between Greenfield/Squirrel Hill and Oakland exits on I-376 East depending on weather and contractor schedule.
Motorists using I-376 East should expect delays and drive with caution when overnight lane restrictions are in place.
Additional information on the Greenfield Bridge Project can be found on the project website (http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org).
Questions concerning the overnight restrictions should be directed to Aaron Pickering, Project Manager of Michael Baker International, at 412-269-6423, or via e-mail to Apickering@mbakerintl.com.
THE GREENFIELD BRIDGE KEEPS ITS NAME:
On April 3, 2017 the City’s Naming Commission held a second hearing on the proposal to rename the Greenfield Bridge for the artist John Kane. About 50 people attended.
Prior to the meeting the Commission received many emails and letters against renaming the bridge including “No” votes from the Greenfield Community Association, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and the Squirrel Hill Historical Society.
After hearing testimony on both sides, the Commission voted unanimously against the proposal.
NOTE: The bridge’s real name is the “Beechwood Boulevard Bridge,” nicknamed the Greenfield Bridge. The “Beechwood Boulevard” name was carved in stone (below) on the original bridge. These stones will be installed on the new bridge before it opens.