Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mayoral Emergency Declaration Forces Davis Avenue Bridge to Close

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today a Declaration of Emergency was issued yesterday for the immediate demolition of the Davis Avenue Bridge on the North Side. The 110-year-old span connects the Brighton Heights neighborhood to Riverview Park and has been closed to vehicular traffic since 2001.

A structural engineering inspection and report issued by Michael Baker, Jr., the City’s engineering consultant, shows that the bridge is in danger of collapse. Four nearby homes have been identified as endangered, and residents have been recommended to vacate and relocate. The report also suggests the bridge be demolished as soon as possible.

Displaced families are being assisted with temporary housing through the City and the Red Cross.

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