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Pittsburgh's Iconic Rachel Carson Bridge Closed for Repairs Until Summer 2020

One of the symbols of Pittsburgh's status as the Steel City and the City of Bridges will be closed for repairs for all of 2019 and a good portion of 2020 as well.
January 29, 2019, 8am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Rachel Carson Bridge, formerly known as the Ninth Street Bridge, will close for more than a year for rehabilitation work beginning in February," reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The 1926 bridge spans the Allegheny River, where it's one of a collection that clearly signifies Pittsburgh's reputation as the City of Bridges.

According to the article, the $23.3 million repair project will shut down the bridge on February 11, with the closure persisting until summer of 2020. "[W]orkers are expected to replace the concrete desk; make structural steel repairts [sic]; repaint the bridge in Aztec Gold; replace the current lighting with "architectural lighting" similar to the original; replace expansion dams and drainage; and replace the sidewalks."

Also, "the county said the reopened bridge will have three traffic lanes and wider shoulders rather than the current four lanes (two in each direction)."

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Published on Monday, January 28, 2019 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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