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PennDOT, FHWA to Discuss Jerome Bridge Work at Meeting Wednesday

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
August 15, 2017
Posted in: Announcements

The city's iconic Jerome Street Bridge is getting a makeover, and the public is invited to learn more at a public meeting on Wednesday.

The Federal Highway Administration and representatives of District 11 of the state Department of Transportation will hold an open house and public meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the McKees Point Marina, corner of Fifth Avenue and Water Street, Downtown.

A district spokesperson for PennDOT said members of the team working on the project will be on hand to provide project details, information about traffic restrictions and detours, and answer questions and gather feedback.

Built in 1937 by the Allegheny County Department of Public Works, the 762-foot-long bridge, carrying four lanes of traffic, is the main entry to Downtown McKeesport from the west and connects West Fifth Avenue with Lysle Boulevard. It crosses the Youghiogheny River, the CSX Railroad and River Road.

The last full rehabilitation of the Jerome Street Bridge was in 1988, according to published reports.

Planned work on the bridge includes a full repainting, repair and replacement of structural steel components, concrete substructure repairs, and a deck replacement.

(Photo by Lee Paxton via Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.)

Originally published August 15, 2017.

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