Monday, November 24, 2008

Allies Bridge Opens

A new and improved bridge making up a section of State Route 885, along Boulevard of the Allies, has opened. The old bridge closed to traffic in January to begin a $29 million replacement project. The new bridge is constructed with eye-pleasing details that include 14-foot eagles carved into the abutments and curved bridge girders.

"When people are coming into Oakland for the first time, as they travel up Forbes, they'll be greeted with a nice, new, artistically pleasing bridge rather than the old, rusted, decaying bridge that used to be there," said PennDot Spokesperson Jim Struzzi. He said the bridge will be convenient for city commuters and trucks alike, as it has no weight restrictions. Struzzi estimated almost 30,000 vehicles will cross the bridge daily.

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