Greenfield Bridge


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)


Parkway East Reopened Early!

Greenfield Bridge demolition: Removing the "dirt cushion" from the inbound lanes and, Wed Dec 30, 2015 (photo by Kate St. John)

Greenfield Bridge demolition: Removing the “dirt cushion” from the inbound lanes on Wed. Dec 30, 2015 (photo by Kate St. John)

 

Breaking News, 12/31/2015:

Mayor Peduto’s office says the Parkway East will open INBOUND at 2:00pm today. OUTBOUND will open between 10:00pm and Midnight today.

First Night revelers will have clear sailing on the Parkway East to and from Downtown.


Bridge Implosion Photos: From The Plunger’s Perspective

In the hour before the Greenfield Bridge implosion on December 28, a lot was going on at Command Center.  Here are some photos from The Plunger’s perspective.   Watch for a link at the end of this post to the Post-Gazette’s video.

Sally Scheidlmeier and family getting their demolition instructions (photo by Geoff Campbell)

Sally Scheidlmeier and family getting their demolition instructions.

The Patient is fully prepped, 8:30am (photo by Geoff Campbell)

The Patient is fully prepped, 8:30am.

The Scheidlmeiers reviewing security items at the command center

The Scheidlmeiers reviewing security items at the command center

The Plunger at T-10 minutes

The Plunger at T-10 minutes

Remembering The Bridge

Remembering The Bridge

Corey O'Connor, Sally Schiedlmeier, Guy Costa at the podium remembering the bridge

Guy Costa at the podium, Corey O’Connor, Sally Schiedlmeier and others remembering the bridge

and then … !

Seconds after the implosion

Seconds after the implosion

The plunger relaxes after a job well-done.

The Plunger relaxes after a job well-done.

 

And now it’s just a matter of picking up the pieces.

Picking Up The Pieces: Greenfield Bridge rubble on the Parkway East

Picking Up The Pieces: Greenfield Bridge rubble on the Parkway East, noon on 28 Dec 2015

Read about the implosion and watch on video here at the Post-Gazette.