The Department of Public Works announced today that it has closed Little Sewickley Creek South Branch Bridge No. 1 on Pink House Road near Fern Hollow Road in Sewickley Heights Borough. The bridge, which carries an average of about 50 vehicles per day, was closed due to its structural deficiency. That section of road is not expected to reopen until at least 2022.
During an inspection last year, a consultant determined that the bridge was structurally deficient but safe for vehicles weighing no more than three (3) tons. Public Works then placed a weight limit on the bridge and hired a consultant to begin design of a bridge replacement project.
The bridge was inspected again this week, and a consultant notified Public Works yesterday that the condition of the bridge had further deteriorated. Based on that information, Public Works decided to close the bridge prior to its replacement for safety reasons.
As is typically the case in a project of this scope, the process of replacing the bridge, including the remaining design work, obtaining the necessary permits, bidding, and construction, will take at least two years. When a construction start date is finalized, Public Works will provide that information to the public via a press release, Facebook, Twitter, and Allegheny Alerts.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured using Pony Hollow Road and Fern Hollow Road.