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Highland Avenue Bridge, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Industry Is Virtue’s photostream

On March 4th, the South Highland Bridge, which connects Shadyside and East Liberty, is scheduled to be closed for reconstruction. The new bridge won’t be ready until sometime in November. The construction will necessitate the closing of South Highland Avenue and Ellsworth Avenue — which run under the bridge — as well as change the paths of the 71B Highland Park and the 75 Ellsworth bus routes. Work on the bridge is much needed. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the Post-Gazette describes it as “an ancient-looking structure covered in rust and graffiti.”

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Screen capture from Google Maps

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, there will be a public pre-construction meeting to provide the community with information on the project’s schedule and impacts. It will take place at Calvary Episcopal Church (315 Shady Ave) from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The City of PIttsburgh’s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Transportation and Engineering will be in attendance to help sort through the changes and the meeting will be hosted by City Councilman Bill Peduto.

If you’re unable to make this meeting, East Liberty Development promises to keep you updated on detours, reroutes and more through their website.

South Highland Bridge Pre-Construction Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (map)