Fern Hollow Bridge Collapse

Community impressed by quick progress on Fern Hollow Bridge replacement

PITTSBURGH — Fast is one word being used to describe the Fern Hollow Bridge rebuild.

Crews have been working daily to wrap up the completion of the new Fern Hollow Bridge, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials said the project is on track to be completed by the end of the year.

“It’s fast, it’s very fast,” said Ed Perry of nearby Braddock Hills, describing the rebuild process.

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“I think it’s as safe as it can possibly be,” he said.

Channel 11 News spoke with nearby residents who use the trails underneath the bridge to walk their dogs. They say they’re not only surprised by the speed, but they are also impressed with the entire project.

“Penn Avenue is kind of crowded right now, but I didn’t think it would be this calm, I thought it would be a lot worse,” said Perry.

The Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh’s Frick Park collapsed on Jan. 28. Now, less than a year later, PennDOT official Steve Cowan says he anticipates completion by the end of the year.

“We anticipate the bridge will reopen by the end of the year, perhaps before Christmas. Bridge barriers and pedestrian railings need to be installed before the bridge can be opened to traffic,” said Cowan.

Residents we spoke with say that getting back to their old routine will be a welcome gift.

“We go under it all the time because there is a dog park down there and nice trails to walk down there, too,” said Perry.

Officials confirmed there will be additional work that will occur throughout the spring of 2023, and then they will turn maintenance back over to the city.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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