Most nearby residents have been allowed to return to their homes about an hour and a half after a 110 year old bridge was imploded. The Davis Avenue Bridge on Pittsburgh's North Side linked the Brighton Heights neighborhood with Riverview Park. The span was closed to vehicular traffic in 2001 and inspectors recently decided that it could collapse soon. About 400 residents in a 12-street safety area were evacuated by 11 this morning. Demolition crews used about 70 pounds of explosive to implode the bridge at 2:02 p.m. sending a huge cloud of dust into the air. Residents of 30 homes on Woods Run Avenue between Birkhoff and Rodney Streets will be allowed to return to their residences at 6 p.m. Bureau of Building Inspection assessment teams are making sure the homes did not sustain any damage. Utility companies are on site restoring any disrupted service.
Controlled Demolition, which imploded 3 Rivers Stadium in 2001, was paid $758,000 to bring down the Davis Avenue Bridge.