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Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge Reopens Today After Eight-Month Closure

The bridge will remain open until March 2013, according to PennDOT.

8:30 p.m. UPDATE: The bridge is reopen.

8 p.m. UPDATE: Crews are still working to seal the bridge deck. Cold temperatures are delaying the drying process. Anticipated opening is now 8:30 p.m.

The Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge will reopen Thursday afternoon after being closed since early March because of structural repairs.

PennDOT spokesman James Struzzi said the bridge will remain closed to pedestrians through winter. The sidewalk has been temporarily removed for improvements. After the bridge is reopened to traffic, short-term lane closures will continue as needed through winter.

Struzzi said the 10-foot span bridge will remain open until March 2013 when it will close again until October 2013 to complete repairs.

The bridge closed for extensive rehabilitation as part of a two-year $16.6-million project.Crews are performing steel repairs under the bridge deck and substructure work.

The Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge closed to traffic March 3, resulting in longer commutes and increased traffic on the Sewickley Bridge and the Route 65 corridor. The structure crosses the Ohio River between Route 65 and Route 51 in Aliquippa and Ambridge. The nearby Sewickley Bridge was used as the official detour during the closing.

Commuters are no doubt overjoyed. Anticipating the re-opening, Patch reader Jason Camerlin commented that use of the bridge will mean an extra half-hour of sleep before work.

"I work in Cranberry so it will cut my commute time almost in half...," he wrote. 

PennDOT estimates the bridge handles about 12,588 vehicles on an average day. 

 

Tell us: Are you excited to have the bridge open? How did the closing affect your commute?

 

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Lanard Tazel November 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM
This is good news for many that live in Monaca, Aliquippa, and Center. Travel times will be a little more efficient especially for the BCTA.
Robb Hindle November 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM
The bridge did not open. You folks were a little premature in your reporting of this story
Larissa Dudkiewicz November 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM
PennDOT announced that it would reopen this afternoon. I'm sorry for your inconvenience.
Larissa Dudkiewicz November 15, 2012 at 11:25 PM
The bridge is expected to open by 7 p.m. tonight. A piece of equipment needed to finish the deck broke down today delaying the opening.
Roach November 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Is it open now? I need to know because I can cross it to go to work:( It wasn't open at 5:00pm and we had combustion on the other bridges cause everyone thought it was open.
Larissa Dudkiewicz November 16, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Hi Roach--The anticipated opening is now 8:30 p.m.
Larissa Dudkiewicz November 16, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Cars are now crossing the bridge. It's officially open.
David Kovacs November 16, 2012 at 05:37 AM
You would think after the bridge has been shut down as long as it was that they could have paved the road on the Ambridge side. It is no different than what it was in March.

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