HARMAR TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Two weeks after the 105-year-old span of the Hulton Bridge closed to traffic between Oakmont Borough and Harmar Township, a new bridge constructed adjacent to it reopened.
The new Hulton Bridge was officially opened after a ceremony and ribbon cutting Tuesday morning.
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Governor Tom Wolf was in attendance of the ceremony.
Crews conducted roadway reconstruction on Hulton Road from the intersection with Third Street to the new bridge and on Freeport Road.
In addition to construction of the new bridge and reconstruction of approximately 1,300 feet of Freeport Road and 550 feet of Hulton Road, the $64.8 million dollar project includes signal and lighting upgrades, curb and sidewalk improvements, drainage, pavement markings and utility relocation.
Originally, Carnegie Mellon University students suggested that the old bridge be used strictly for pedestrian and bike access across the river, but the new plan now calls for the bridge to be demolished next year.
The new bridge is about 1,600 feet long and have four lanes, as opposed to the two on the old structure, and more pedestrian access.