For Saint Stephen, the McBride Viaduct isn’t just an old bridge in the city. He said in the 1980s he didn’t have a car so he relied on the viaduct walking to and from work everyday.
“People want to move forward and get rid of old things but it’s kind of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Stephen.
That’s why he joined forces with other activists like 86-year old William Lacey.
He said it’s wrong to demolish a piece of history.
“In second grade I had no idea except that something spectacular was happening and we had to be careful not to climb over the sides,” said Lacey.
Activists said other cities have taken similar landmarks and turned them into something positive for the region.
“We would look at this bridge as a gem, as treasure that we need to maybe no restore it, but contain it,” said Kathleen Shelly.
Lacey suggested using the bridge as a community asset — like a park or art showcase.
“It’s happened in city after city. This bridge could be a magnet for that,” said Lacey.
While there are other routes for pedestrians to walk, like along the Bayfront Connector, some people told us that option can be dangerous.
“The traffic’s really fast, really loud. You’re on a suspended bridge that has an overlook about maybe 100 feet,” said Michael Keys, the CPR Spokesperson.
So long as PennDot plans to demolish the viaduct, these marchers said they’ll keep fighting.