Bridge Reopens After Summer Construction

After two months of construction, the West 38th Street bridge is open to traffic.

Traffic has been rerouted for most of the summer around the bridge.

The project began July 7th and closed traffic on W. 38th Street from Pittsburgh Avenue, east to Schaper Avenue.

Detours allowed drivers to use Peach Street, Route 20 and Zuck Road.

A portion of I-79 was also shut down to one lane.

The bridge was renovated because its cement had started to decay.

Engineers used a hydro-demolition method to create a smoother surface. Other new features include a new sidewalk, new paint, new fences and a new bridge deck.

Project managers say this renovation was a lot more cost effective, and took a lot less time, than building an entire new structure.

Residents in the area are relieved to finally see the cones come down and are looking forward to using the bridge again

"It's been closed all summer pretty much and ya miss going that way ya know, because you're so used to going that way. Now you just have to get back in the swing of going the way you used to go,” says George Cox, who lives in the area.

Neighbor John Marucci says, “It's been a little hectic because of the traffic mainly, plus the noise, I mean it was like all night, all day long . . . They did a good job and it was well worth the hassle.”

The bridge's construction ended up costing about $800,000.

There's still some construction left to finish up on I-79 so those lanes will be closed a little longer until they finish up.

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