SLIDER_GFbridge courtesy of Greenfield Community Association

As Pittsburghers know, the 94-year old Greenfield Bridge has been beset by problems for decades–to the point where a bridge was built beneath it protect the freeway below from falling concrete. Because of this, the bridge has been scheduled for demolition and replacement. The Greenfield Bridge will be closed in the fall of this year with demolition to be completed the last week of December.

Regarding its replacement, the Mayor’s Office has said:

The new bridge is a state-of-the-art steel open-spandrel arch that according to Patrick Hassett, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Engineering, “incorporates elements of the existing bridge’s original grandeur by salvaging and incorporating the decorative urns and pylons built in 1921. The new bridge combines a graceful design with improved accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.”

Connecting the community of Greenfield to Schenley Park and beyond, a 10-foot pedestrian sidewalk and dedicated bike lane will make the bridge safer for drivers, walkers and bicyclists while expanding the City’s efforts to make Pittsburgh more walkable and bike-friendly. Landscaping of adjacent greenspace and its incorporation as part of Schenley Park will complement the attractiveness of the bridge upon entering and leaving Greenfield.

On Tuesday, February 3, you can attend a public meeting conducted by the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works Bureau of Transportation and Engineering, in conjunction with HDR, to review final plans for the new bridge. The meeting will include information about detours, construction plans and roadway plans for drivers and bicyclists.

Public Meeting on the Replacement of the Greenfield Bridge
When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Open House – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Presentation – 6:30 PM
Where: St. Rosalia Catholic Church, 411 Greenfield Avenue, Wuerl Hall

You can download a flyer for this event here.