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Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge to Be Closed Beginning March 3

The Sewickley Bridge will be used as a detour until the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge reopens in mid-November.

The Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge is expected to be closed for more than eight months beginning at 7 a.m. March 3 as part of a $16.6 million repair project, PennDOT announced Friday.

Jim Struzzi, PennDOT spokesman, said on an average day about 12,588 vehicles use the bridge, which carries vehicles over the Ohio River from Route 51 in Aliquippa to 11th Street in Ambridge.  The in Beaver County isn’t expected to reopen until mid-November.

Signs will be posted to guide motorists, Struzzi said.

Posted detours will take southbound traffic on Route 65 and Route 51 to the already-congested .

Struzzi said crews would be working around-the-clock, performing steel repairs under the bridge deck and substructure work. 

The $16.6 million project to rehabilitate the 10-span structure includes rehabilitation, deck and sidewalk replacement, concrete spall repair, steel repair and replacement, railing, structural steel painting, bituminous pavement patching, pavement markings and other improvements. 

The prime contractor is the Trumbull Corp. of Pittsburgh and the overall project is expected to conclude in late 2013.

Motorists are advised to use caution and expect delays when traveling. 

 

Posted detours      

From Ambridge:

  • Take 11th Street to Duss Avenue (Route 989)
  • Turn right onto Duss Avenue and follow to Eighth Street
  • Make right onto Eighth Street and continue to Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard)
  • Take Route 65 south to the Sewickley Bridge in Allegheny County
  • Cross bridge and make right onto Route 51
  • Continue north on Route 51 back to Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge

 

From Route 51/Aliquippa:

  • Same detour in opposite direction


bnhasak February 03, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I have always wondered what the kids who go to Ambridge, but live on the Aliquippa side of the bridge are going to do regarding transportation during the closure. Just curious if anyone knows.
Larissa Dudkiewicz February 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Good question. Seems like the quickest way to get to school will be to cross the Sewickley Bridge.
bnhasak February 03, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Makes sense, though it would probably be quicker for them to row a boat or swim than go the detour route.
Larissa Dudkiewicz February 03, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Yeah, I'd hate to live in South Heights and miss the bus. It might be quicker to get dropped off at the Route 51 end of the bridge and walk or bike to school.
Nancy Dschuan February 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Yeah I was wondering that myself. They should of built another bridge in Baden like they talked about years back.. Makes more sense .
Jason Camerlin November 06, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Does anyone have a clue on when the bridge will re open for the winter. They say not until mid November but I wonder whats the exact date ? If anyone knows please respond. I work in cranberry so it will cut my comute time almost in half. I can't wait till i can sleep in a extra half hour cause i won't have to drive so far. Lol
Larissa Dudkiewicz November 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Hi Jason, PennDOT has some necessary work that must be completed on the bridge, but it's still on track for a mid-November reopening. More information along with a set reopening date is expected to be announced later this week.
Joe November 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM
any word on the re-opening of the ambridge/aliquippa bridge for the winter months ?
Larissa Dudkiewicz November 12, 2012 at 01:36 PM
No word yet, sorry. As soon as I hear something I'll let you know.
Mary Lou Ninehauser January 31, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I live in Ambridge , work in Moon, had to cross the Sewickley Bridge for the 9 mth's the bridge was closed before. It was a nightmare. I'm really upset that I have to go through this again, plus the extra gas it cost me, and gas prices at almost $4.00 a gallon again. What a nightmare.

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