• Liberty Bridge closed for repairs related to 2016 fire

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh bridge is closed over the weekend to repair damage caused by a construction fire last year.

    Traffic on the Liberty Bridge closed in both directions at 3 p.m. Saturday and will remain closed until 11 a.m. Sunday.

    The northbound side of the Liberty Tunnel is also closed. All traffic will be detoured.

    Crews will also repair an expansion joint that crosses the full width of the bridge.


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    State transportation officials and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration have said hot residue from a blowtorch ignited plastic piping and a construction tarp on Sept. 2.

    A 30-foot chord designed to hold 2.4 million pounds of pressure buckled during the blaze. Its failure could've caused the bridge to collapse.

    POSTED DETOURS
     
    Northbound (Inbound)
    Take Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) northbound
    Take the exit to I-376 West/US 19 South toward Carnegie/Airport/West End
    Take Exit 69A toward US 19 South/Banksville Road
    Keep left and loop back to I-376 eastbound toward Fort Pitt Tunnel 
    Follow eastbound I-376 through Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge
    For access to I-279 destinations follow I-279 signage, all other destinations take exit toward I-376 East/Monroeville
    Take the left exit 71A to Grant Street
    Turn left onto Grant Street
    End detour
     
    Southbound (Outbound) From Downtown Pittsburgh
    Take Grant Street to I-376
    Take the ramp to West I-376 toward Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport
    Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
    Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
    Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
    Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
    Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
    End detour
     
    Southbound (Outbound) From Westbound Route 885 (Boulevard of the Allies)
    From the Boulevard of the Allies take the ramp to North I-579 to I-279 Veterans Bridge Exit
    Take the Convention Center/7th Avenue Exit
    Turn right onto Grant Street
    Turn left onto 11th Street
    Continue straight onto the 10th Street Bypass
    Take the I-376 West Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport Exit
    Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
    Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
    Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
    Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
    Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
    End detour
     
    Southbound (Outbound) From Route 380 (Bigelow Boulevard)
    From PA 380, take the Consol Center/6th Avenue Exit
    Take the 6th Avenue Exit
    Turn right onto Grant Street
    Turn left onto 11th Street
    Continue straight onto the 10th Street Bypass
    Take the I-376 West Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport Exit
    Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
    Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
    Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
    Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
    Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
    End detour
     
    Southbound (Outbound) From I-279 Parkway North
    From southbound I-279, take the I-279 South Fort Pitt Bridge Exit
    Take the South I-279/To I-376 Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport Exit
    Take the West I-376 Fort Pitt Bridge Exit
    Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
    Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
    Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
    Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
    Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
    End detour

     

     

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