Long-term closure on North Avenue Bridge goes into place Wednesday

A small, but busy bridge on a main road on Pittsburgh’s North Side is nearing a lengthy closure.

It’s right near Allegheny Commons and Allegheny General Hospital.

“I live on Beech Avenue and I think it will have quite an impact with the surrounding area and hopefully that process can be expedited,” said

Gregory Kobulnicky, who lives nearby.

The city announced Monday the North Avenue Bridge, at the intersection with Brighton Road, will close for multiple years starting Wednesday after an updated structural analysis.

Online reports from the state show the bridge is rated in poor condition.

“That’s still a concern, but the duration that it will take to fix is also a concern as well. I think finding that balance of making those repairs and taking the community’s concerns into consideration is big,” said Kobulnicky.

Brighton road will remain open, but all cars and trucks using North Avenue will have to detour to Pennsylvania and Western Avenues.

North Avenue runs above Norfolk Southern train tracks and the city says Norfolk Southern is finalizing designs for a replacement bridge, with construction expected to begin in 2025.

It’s unclear at this point how long construction will take and how long the detour will be in place.

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