Greenfield Bridge


The Greenfield Bridge Keeps Its Name

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.

Read more about it here in the Post-Gazette and here at TribLive.

 

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.


Rename The Greenfield Bridge? to the John Kane Bridge?

Late Breaking News:

A group of artists and promoters wants to honor artist John Kane who painted many scenes of Pittsburgh in the early 1900’s and had his work displayed at the 1927 Carnegie International.  To honor him they want to rename the Greenfield Bridge the John Kane Bridge.  Their website “Raising The Kane Bridge” explains why.

The official proposal to rename the Greenfield Bridge will come before Pittsburgh’s Naming Commission this coming Monday April 3 at 2pm in the First Floor Hearing Room at 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219.

Naming proposals are typically voted on immediately, so the name of the Greenfield Bridge could change — or not — this coming Monday.

Do you want the name of the Greenfield Bridge to remain as it is?  (*see note 1 below)

Or would you like to rename it the John Kane Bridge? (*see note 2 below)

Either way, voice your opinion at the Naming Commission meeting this coming Monday or call/email the Commission as shown below.

WHAT:  Naming Commission meeting: Proposal to rename the Greenfield Bridge

WHEN: Monday April 3 at 2pm

WHERE: First Floor Hearing Room, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

EMAIL/CALL: Send your comments to Lisa Ray, Senior Secretary, lisa.ray@pittsburghpa.gov   (412) 255-2219

 

(*1)  The real name is the Beechwood Boulevard Bridge; it’s nicknamed the Greenfield Bridge.  The real name was carved in stone on the original bridge. The stones will be restored to the new bridge before it opens.

(*2) The John Kane Hospitals, Regional Centers and nursing homes were named for Allegheny County Commissioner John J. Kane. He was not the same person as the artist.


Temporary Closure: Pocusset Connection to Schenley Park

Pocusset connection to Schenley Park

Pocusset connection to Schenley Park

The walking and biking connection from Pocusset Street into Schenley Park will be closed temporarily from Monday February 20 to Thursday February 24, 2017 so that the Greenfield Bridge contractor can conduct storm water drainage exploration.

There will be no ability to pass through the site during this time.

Pedestrians should plan on using Hobart Street to transverse the park.

 

(photo by Pat Hassett)


Greenfield Bridge Parkway Closure Rescheduled for Dec 9

Worker on the Greenfield Bridge, in fog (photo by Pat Hassett)

Worker on the Greenfield Bridge, in fog (photo by Pat Hassett)

17 November 2016:

WEEKEND PARKWAY EAST CLOSURE POSTPONED
BEECHWOOD BOULEVARD (GREENFIELD) BRIDGE

The City of Pittsburgh has postponed this weekend’s planned closure of the Parkway East due to the inclement weather forecasted for Saturday into Sunday. Rain possibly changing to snow along with strong winds forecasted for the site preclude the high steel work planned for this weekend.

The closure has been rescheduled for the weekend of December 9, beginning at 10:00 p.m., Friday and ending at 6:00 a.m., Monday the 12th. During this closure, Mosites and their team will finish tightening all the connections of the steel, install the deck pans over the highway, and perform miscellaneous activities.


Naming Commission Considers Renaming Our Bridge

The new Greenfield Bridge as of 13 Nov 2016 (photo by Patrick Hassett)

The new Greenfield Bridge as of 13 Nov 2016 (photo by Patrick Hassett)

There’s a proposal to rename our bridge for artist John Kane.  It will be considered today at 2pm at the Naming Commission, 200 Ross Street.

Read more about the proposal here in this morning’s Post Gazette.

 

The bridge is officially named the Beechwood Boulevard Bridge. It connects Greenfield Road in Schenley Park to Beechwood Boulevard in Greenfield.


Parkway East Closures in November

Parkway East detour route -- eastbound (map from OTMA)

Parkway East detour route — eastbound (map from OTMA)

The arches are going up!

In November, the Parkway East will be shut down on two weekends to erect the steel members for the new Greenfield Bridge.  Detours and road closures will be put in place similar to those instituted last year for the implosion and cleanup.  The scheduled Parkway East closures are:

  • Weekend of November 4, 2016 (Friday 11/4, 10:00 pm to Monday 11/6, 6:00 am)
  • Weekend of November 18, 2016 (Friday 11/18, 12:00 midnight to Monday 11/20, 6:00 am)

The map shown above is an excerpt of the eastbound detour.  Click here for the complete eastbound detour map, here for the complete westbound detour map, and here for more information.


The Steel Crane is Here!

"The Mothership has landed"

“The Mothership has landed”

12 October 2016

The crane that will lift the steel and arches for the new Greenfield Bridge is here!

There’s a slight delay on steel arch deliveries.  Now scheduled for Friday October 14, they will arrive from the south through the Fort Pitt Tunnel.


Crane And Steel This Week

Greenfield Bridge pillars (photo by Pat Hassett)

Greenfield Bridge pillars (photo by Pat Hassett)

GREENFIELD BRIDGE UPDATE: 10 October 2016

This week the crane and steel will arrive on site.

On Monday October 10, the steel erection crane is scheduled to be delivered to the work site and placed on a mat of wood planks constructed on the Greenfield side of the bridge, off the Parkway.  This crane will be used to hoist the steel arches, spandrels, and decking into place later this fall.

Thursday October 13 the steel will begin arriving from High Steel out of eastern Pennsylvania to be stored on site off the Parkway. The arches will arrive in three pieces to be assembled on site.

In November, the Parkway East will be shut down on two weekends for the erection of the steel members.  Detours and road closures will be put in place similar to those instituted last year for the implosion and cleanup.  The scheduled closures are:

  • Weekend of November 4th (Friday 10:00 pm to 6 am Monday)
  • Weekend of November 18th (Friday, 12:00 midnight to 6 am Monday).

 

(photo by Pat Hassett)


Greenfield Bridge Construction seen from Schenley Park

View of Greenfield Bridge construction from Greenfield Road in Schenley Park, 12 June 2016

View of Greenfield Bridge construction from Greenfield Road in Schenley Park, 12 June 2016

Across the chasm of the Parkway East, the beginnings of the new Greenfield Bridge can be seen from the Schenley Park on June 12, 2016.

View of Greenfield Bridge construction from Greenfield Road in Schenley Park, 12 June 2016

View of Greenfield Bridge construction from Greenfield Road in Schenley Park, 12 June 2016

 

The bridge workers have a motto:

"Pavement Rulez"

“Pavement Rulez”

 

(photos by Kate St. John)