Greenfield Bridge


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.


Open Letter Regarding Bridge Implosion

Implosion Wayfinder SignDear Neighbors:

Beginning Sunday morning you will be seeing a large deployment by DPW of barricades and fencing in the neighborhood. Through the course of Sunday and early Monday morning, they will be walling off the exclusion zone in preparation for the blast. The barriers will be a combination of metal pedestrian fencing, wooden DPW barricades, and in some cases DPW vehicles. These barricades are intended to keep everyone safe.

Barricades will be in Greenfield for the implosion

Beginning Monday morning at 7 AM, you will see a sizable police presence at key streets leading to the exclusion zone, restricting the streets to local resident vehicles (pedestrians will have full access to those streets).  Please see the attached map for a description of the exclusion zone and the restricted streets.

Greenfield Bridge implosion -- exclusion zone

Residents of closed streets will need proof of identification to drive beyond the barricades. This is necessary to control the “Mount Washington” effect – a large number of non-residents are expected in Greenfield that morning looking for the Greenfield Bridge.  Unfortunately, there is no good, safe public viewing area in Greenfield. The City is promoting Schenley P­ark as the public viewing space and has installed wayfinder signs to direct people to that location.

The countdown will begin once the perimeter and exclusion zone are secured. At the three minute mark, there will be three long air horn blasts. At the one minute mark, there will be 15 seconds of all emergency vehicle sirens on. That will be last audible warning the public will hear. At the 10 second mark, a televised countdown will commence with our own Greenfielder, Sally Scheidlmeier, getting ready to “Push the Plunger” and bring down the bridge.

Following the implosion, crews will be inspecting the aftermath and collecting measuring equipment throughout the exclusion zone before an “all clear” signal is given. That signal will consist of a long air horn blast. The perimeter and traffic barricades will remain in place until City public safety officials are comfortable with their removal. It is estimated that this period will be roughly 15 minutes long

Understand there will be live explosives placed in the bridge as well as a considerable amount of media attention focused on the implosion and the neighborhood. This is a significant, yet necessary, undertaking that will inconvenience Greenfield. Your patience and cooperation will not only be necessary for the safety of all but also greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Geoff Campbell, President
Patrick Hassett, Board Member
Greenfield Community Association


Bus Detours During the Bridge Implosion

On the day of the Greenfield Bridge Implosion, three buses that travel streets near the bridge will be detoured.  Here are maps and text describing the detours for the 58, 52L and 53L buses.

58 GREENFIELD BUS:

The 58 Greenfield bus will be detoured on the day of the bridge implosion from 6 a.m. until the ALL CLEAR signal.

58 bus detour during Greenfield Bridge implosion

58 bus detour during Greenfield Bridge implosion

The map above shows the 58 bus detour. Discontinued stops during the detour are:

  • Discontinued 58 INBOUND stops
    • Beechwood at Parkway East Monroeville entrance
    • Beechwood opp Boulevard Drive
    • Beechwood opp Boulevard Drive
    • Agler at Winterburn
    • Winterburn at Greenfield
  • Discontinued 58 OUTBOUND stops
    • Beechwood at Ronald
    • Beechwood at 3986
    • Beechwood at 3911
    • Beechwood at 3825
    • Beechwood at 3735
    • Beechwood opp Monitor
    • Beechwood at Lilac

52L HOMEVILLE and 53L HOMESTEAD PARK BUSES:

52L & 53L bus detours during Greenfield Bridge implosion

52L & 53L bus detours during Greenfield Bridge implosion

The 52L and 53L buses will be detoured on the day of the bridge implosion from 6 a.m. until the ALL CLEAR signal.

The map above shows the detours. Discontinued stops during the Implosion Day detour are:

  • Discontinued INBOUND stops
    • Beechwood at Lilac
    • Beechwood at Monitor
    • Beechwood at Parkway Entrance
  • Discontinued OUTBOUND stops
    • Beechwood at Ronald (Far side)
    • Beechwood at 3986
    • Beechwood at 3911
    • Beechwood at 3825
    • Beechwood at 3735
    • Beechwood opp Monitor (Far side)
    • Beechwood at Lilac
    • Beechwood at Loretta

NOTE that after the bridge implosion, the Parkway will remain closed for 3+ days.  During that period both the 52L and 53L inbound will be detoured to Greenfield Avenue and Second Avenue because the Parkway is closed.  No bus stops will change during this detour.


Greenfield Bridge Implosion Meeting!

City of Pittsburgh Seal

Greenfield Bridge
Public Safety Meeting
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
6:30pm
St. Rosalia Parish

Councilman O’Connor invites the residents of Greenfield to a community meeting on the implosion of the Greenfield Bridge with the City of Pittsburgh’s Departments of Public Works and Public Safety, Mosites, and blasting subcontractor Kesco.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS AND MAP ON THE BACK OF THE ATTACHED FLYER!

GREENFIELD BRIDGE DEMOLITION
Exclusion Zone (800—1,000 Foot Perimeter)

Within 800 feet of the points of implosion (1,000 feet in the valley) specific precautionary measures are recommended for protecting the public and property. Residents and other people within the exclusion zone (outlined below) are being asked to remain indoors and away from viewing windows for the blast. People will not be permitted on City streets or other public spaces within the exclusion zone during the blast. The potential for flying debris is the biggest concern. The implosion may be delayed if people are outside within the exclusion zone.

Traffic will be detoured and/or stopped from entering this zone and from selected streets approaching the zone before, during, and after the blast, beginning at 7:00 am day of blast. Proposed street closures outside the zone are highlighted below. Resident traffic will be maintained up to the designated blast time.

All closures, including the exclusion zone, will be removed after the blast upon inspection and an all clear notice. The best public viewing of the implosion will be from the Oval in Schenley Park.

For More Information, Please Contact the Office of Councilman Corey O’Connor at (412)-255-8965


Traffic Advisory: Parkway East Closure Begins Friday Night

Traffic Advisory from OTMA:

REMINDER: Parkway East Weekend Closure Begins Friday Night, Dec 11

(Note: Updated information is highlighted in RED.)

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, in conjunction with PennDOT and Mosites Heavy Construction, remind commuters that full-lane closures of I-376 East will take place Friday, Dec. 11 at 11:00 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 a.m.

Closures and Detours (Dec. 11-14)

The eastbound (outbound) closures will begin at Oakland (Exit 72A). All outbound traffic will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 72A. Additionally, the Bates St. outbound entrance ramp will be closed. A map of the eastbound closures and detours can be found here.

The westbound (inbound) detour will begin at Wilkinsburg Exit 78B. Inbound traffic traveling from the east will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 78B. ** All truck traffic must follow the posted detour that begins at Wilkinsburg Exit 78B. Westbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane between Exit 78B and Exit 77. Motorists traveling westbound will have access to the Edgewood/Swissvale Exit 77 off-ramp. Use of the Edgewood/Swissvale westbound exit ramp is intended for local traffic only. The Edgewood/Swissvale and Squirrel Hill/Homestead on-ramps to I-376 inbound will be closed. Motorists traveling westbound out of Oakland on the Boulevard of the Allies will be able to access I-376 westbound at the Boulevard of the Allies entrance ramp. Motorists in Downtown Pittsburgh will be able to access I-376 westbound at Grant Street (71A). A map of the westbound detours and closures can be found here.

Police officers will be on site at critical intersections on the posted detour routes to assist with traffic flow and ensure safety for all roadway users. Motorists should expect significant delays on posted detour routes.

The closures will be administered by Mosites, the contractor that is overseeing the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project. The closures are necessary to allow Mosites to perform preparation work for the upcoming implosion of the Greenfield Bridge. Full details on the Greenfield Bridge closure and Reconstruction Project can be found here.

The City of Pittsburgh has made every attempt to minimize the impact of this closure on planned city events in Downtown, the North Shore and elsewhere. The magnitude and tight schedule for the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project require weekend closures. The city and its partners have a seven week window in which two weekend closures are permitted to take place, not counting the Christmas to New Year’s closure in December 2015.

Possible Alternate Routes

To avoid lengthy delays on the posted detour, PennDOT also suggests taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the Harmar Interchange (Exit 48) and using southbound Route 28 to access downtown.

Motorists may also consider taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the I-79 interchange in Cranberry (Exit 77) and following I-79 south to the Parkway North (I-279) to Pittsburgh.

Maps and descriptions of alternate routes can be found here.


Parkway East Will Be OPEN This Weekend

BREAKING NEWS!  

This weekend’s Parkway East detour was canceled.  I will be OPEN this weekend (Dec 4-6). 

The City of Pittsburgh has postponed the I-376 East (Parkway East) closures originally scheduled for December 4-6. The next weekend closure of I-376 East will take place Friday, Dec. 11 at 11:00 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 a.m.

More details here:   http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5434