After years of intense debate over whether it should be saved, the months-long demolition of the McBride Viaduct is beginning.
The bridge that has stood for eight decades is coming down. The demolition work is moving forward after a lawsuit that would have bought time for the bridge was dismissed. Work to demolish the McBride Viaduct is now underway.
The bridge has been closed to vehicles since 2010. PennDOT closed the bridge to pedestrians and all activity earlier this month.
Swank Construction Company was awarded the $1.5 million contract to tear it down, but that process had been delayed after advocacy group Erie CPR filed a lawsuit in April. Now, that lawsuit has been dismissed and PennDOT expects the work to proceed.
PennDOT Spokesperson Jill Harry says, “The only part of the contract that is left is the demolition of the bridge and work to keep it blocked off”.
PennDOT says this work could take until at least January to complete.
Erie CPR planned to appeal the court decision.