HotMetalBridge 1Hot Metal Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA

Hot Metal Bridge

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Owner: Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
General Contractor: Brayman Construction Corp.
Value: $9.2 Million
Date Complete: December 2007

This unique project for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh included the repair and conversion of the existing seven-span Hot Metal Bridge, crossing over the Monongahela River, to a pedestrian/bicycle bridge.

Work included the fabrication, erection and placement of a 140' long, steel, pedestrian bridge over Second Avenue. At the north end of the black steel bridge, which extends 1,052' over the Monongahela River, a new truss bridge crosses over busy Second Avenue. Both bridges have 14 foot-wide concrete decks.

The combined spans connect two sections of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail -- the Eliza Furnace segment that runs from Downtown to Oakland and the South Side segment that extends from Station Square almost to the Glenwood Bridge. They provide a safe crossing for bicyclists, especially those who commute daily to school or work. 

This project involved close coordination with business owners, traffic and pedestrian traffic flow while the rehabilitation was being completed, as well as private owners of property on either side of the Monongahela River.