KDKA Radio: Three Pittsburgh bridges to undergo major renovations

State and local officials announced Thursday a $132 million-dollar plan to make repairs to three of Pittsburgh’s busiest bridges.

Fort Duquesne, West End, and McKees Rocks, these are the bridges the new investments will focus on.

PA Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis told KDKA Radio how the funds will be distributed amongst the major bridges

“That $132 million includes $60 million to preserve and rehab the Fort Duquesne Bridge as well as multiple approach spans to the bridge,” said Davis. “It includes $47 million more for the West End Bridge and it also includes $25 million for the McKees Rocks Bridge.

Transportation Secretary Mike Carrol noted how design work still needs to be done. The repairs to come need to be measured in months and years.

Built in 1959, the last rehab project on the Fort Duquesne Bridge was in 2009. An average of 18,158 drivers use the lower deck of the bridge every day.

The McKees Rocks Bridge is currently under renovation and the last West End Bridge rehabilitation was in 1991.

“There are significant needs across our transportation network, and certainly in southwest Pennsylvania,” said PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll. “Thanks to the leadership at the federal level that got us the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, more federal funds are available for our program, and thanks to the smart planning by the Shapiro Administration and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, we’re making the most of our federal and state dollars and investing funds in meaningful projects that will benefit Pennsylvania communities.”

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