Updated: 5:10 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009 | Posted: 3:49 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2009
Pittsburgh Will Pay Overtime Until Davis Ave. Bridge Is Removed
The city of Pittsburgh will pay about $52,000 a week in overtime to add three fire trucks to North Side neighborhood until the 110-year-old Davis Avenue Bridge is removed.
The move announced on Thursday is meant to make sure crews can respond on time while Woods Run Avenue is closed beneath the bridge.
The city of Pittsburgh announced Monday that it will cost $758,000 to remove the bridge in danger of collapsing.
The city said it will demolish the bridge in Brighton Heights Wednesday.
The structure connects the Brighton Heights neighborhood with Riverview Park.
Steps are being taken to ease blast damage to nearby homes, but Mayor Luke Ravenstahl warned residents that there might be minor damage, including broken windows.
Ravenstahl issued a Declaration of Emergency on Wednesday so that the bridge could be removed as soon as possible.
"I've issued a Declaration of Emergency in order to ensure that emergency management measures are taken immediately to protect the health, safety and welfare of affected residents," Ravenstahl said. "We must follow all of the recommendations from this report in order to keep our residents safe."
Homeowners along Woods Run Avenue were urged to leave the area last week. It could be June before they are allowed back inside their homes.