“The New Jonathan Hulton Bridge in Oakmont, PA Opens to Traffic”

Saxonburg, PA—October 20, 2015—Brayman Construction Corporation (Brayman) announced the official opening of the new Jonathan Hulton Bridge ($65M), over the Allegheny River in Oakmont, PA.

Governor Tom Wolf, who participated in the official opening ceremony, stated that “Today’s opening represents another step forward for the region’s mobility. Investing in our roads and bridges sets the stage for economic growth, and we are fortunate to have resources to deliver such improvements.”

Improvements included the reconstruction of approximately 1,300 feet of Freeport Road in Harmar Township and 550 feet of Hulton Road in Oakmont Borough. Dual left turn lanes will be implemented on the western end of the project for southbound Freeport Road traffic to access the bridge. Eastbound bridge traffic will use two lanes to Allegheny Avenue.

In addition to more and wider lanes, the new bridge has a 4′ wide median, a 6′ shoulder, a bicycle lane and a 5′ wide sidewalk on the downriver side featuring observation areas for pedestrians, enhancing the enjoyment of the Allegheny River view.

“For more than a century the Hulton Bridge has been a vital link in the Allegheny Valley,” said Rep. Frank Dermody, an Oakmont resident. “The new bridge means greater safety, smoother traffic flow and a better quality of life for thousands of people in the valley.”

Key Project Team Members include:

Jason Booher – Project Manager, Brayman Construction
John O’Connor – Bridge Superintendent, Brayman Construction
Tyler Ray – Survey Control, Brayman Construction
Zach Rosswog – Steel Erection Project Manager, Advantage Steel (affiliate of Brayman Construction)
Marc Young – Steel Erection Superintendent, Advantage Steel (affiliate of Brayman Construction)

Construction Highlights:
Western Pennsylvania has a long tradition as a bridge building community. In many states, a bridge of this magnitude would be constructed by an out‐of‐state contractor, but this is not the case in Western PA. Pittsburgh is truly a city of bridges and a city of Bridge Builders. Brayman has built some of the largest structures in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio and continues to expand their portfolio of unique and challenging projects.

Details of the Jonathan Hulton Bridge Replacement Project:
The project schedule was very aggressive. The Notice to Proceed was given on August 31, 2013 and the Official Bridge Opening slated for October 20, 2015.

Weather was challenging over the two year project schedule due to long and difficult winters over the Allegheny River including the task of dealing with ice flows.

In a little over two years, the Hulton Bridge was completed and a major key to the success of this project was that Brayman was able to self‐perform all major elements of the construction project, including the following:

  • Foundations
  • Caissons, also known as drilled shafts
  • Coffer dams, which are temporary steel enclosures that allow work to be performed within the river
  • River piers

These elements encompass nearly 10,000 cubic yards of concrete and over 1 million pounds of rebar. Furthermore, superstructure elements included 12 million pounds of structural steel.

The main river span was lifted in one piece, utilizing strand jacks over the river navigation channel (a first in PA). This span was 280′ long and 60′ wide, weighing over 2.4 million pounds and requiring 10,000 bolts to secure it. An additional 1.2 million pounds of rebar were incorporated into 14 major deck pours
totaling 5,000 cubic yards of concrete. Add together all of these elements plus over 200,000 union labor hours and you have a bridge.

Brayman’s Chairman & CEO, Steve Muck stated that, “All of the major elements plus a great partnering effort with the Department of Transportation and Dan Cessna’s staff culminates in another great bridge that will serve the State of Pennsylvania well beyond our lifetimes!”

The project continues with the removal of the existing structure over the winter, with all work to be completed in time for the U.S. Open at Oakmont in 2016.

Hulton Bridge Opening and Ceremony featured at: