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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Donora-Webster Bridge watch

For those who are concerned about the status of the closed, 101-year-old Donora-Webster Bridge, here is today's update on the span from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:

SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc. of Pittsburgh is continuing their investigation into the feasibility of repairing the bridge so that it could reopen with a three ton weight limit. They have completed the initial assessment of all work that would need to be completed. Because of the poor condition of the structure and its low load carrying capacity, they are now investigating the constructability of repair concepts. Structural steel samples have been taken from the bridge and have been sent to Lehigh University for analysis. Once the actual properties of the material is determined, this data will be used in the final determination of the feasibility, extent, and potential cost of repairs.

Jay Ofsanik | Safety Press Officer
Department of Transportation
Engineering District 12-0

P.S. In an attempt to dispel rumors that Donora police have been citing people for walking on the bridge sidewalk, there have been no such fines processed at the local court as of 1:30 p.m. today.

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