Birmingham Bridge (SR2085) Rehabilitation Project

This major bridge rehabilitation project, estimated Contract Value of $28.5 million, is anticipated to begin in September 2014. The Birmingham Bridge Preservation Project will include the painting of the entire superstructure, steel repairs, bearing replacements, substructure repairs, light pole replacements and a concrete overlay.

Traffic will be crossed over and maintained on the bridge that carries Route 2085? over the Monongahela River in the City of Pittsburgh. Various overnight and weekend ramp and lane closures and possible detours will occur on several roadways in the area of the bridge.

Construction will conclude in Summer 2017. Visit the History & Bridge Details section to learn more about the history of the bridge and details about bridge traffic.


Bridge Entrance/Exit Videos

Birmingham Bridge Access VideosScroll down to watch videos of existing access routes from E. Carson St. and Fifth Avenue sides of the Birmingham Bridge.

PennDOT Traffic Cameras

Recent Press & Media Coverage

November 2, 2016Northbound Birmingham Bridge Overnight Lane Restrictions begin Tonight in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing lane restrictions on northbound (inbound) Birmingham Bridge (Route 2085) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin tonight, Wednesday night, November 2, weather permitting.

Single-lane restrictions will occur on the northbound Birmingham Bridge Wednesday through Friday nights, November 2-4 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night as crews conduct line eradication and painting operations. Intermittent, short-term closures of the ramps may occur.

 

November 1, 2016Birmingham Bridge Approach to Fifth Avenue Overnight Closure Thursday Night in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the closure of the Birmingham Bridge (Route 2085) at the intersection with Fifth Avenue in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Thursday night, November 3, weather permitting.

 

October 26, 2016Northbound Birmingham Bridge Approach to Fifth Avenue Overnight Closure Thursday Night in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing a portion of the northbound (inbound) Birmingham Bridge (Route 2085) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will close to traffic Thursday night, October 27, weather permitting.

Crews from the Joseph B. Fay Company will install an overhead sign necessitating a closure on the northbound Birmingham Bridge approach to Fifth Avenue from 9 p.m. Thursday night to 5 a.m. Friday morning. (This work was originally scheduled for Thursday, October 20, but was postponed due to inclement weather) Northbound traffic on the bridge will be detoured via Oakland.

October 25, 2016Outbound I-376 Parkway East Weekend Closure October 28-31

PennDOT District 11 is announcing a closure of outbound (eastbound) I-376 (Parkway East) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur this weekend, Friday night through Monday morning, October 28-31 weather permitting.

The outbound (eastbound) Parkway East will close to traffic from 10 p.m. Friday night, October 28 continuously through 5 a.m. Monday morning, October 31 between the Grant Street (Exit 71A) interchange and the Boulevard of the Allies on-ramp to eastbound I-376. Crews from the Joseph B. Fay Company will conduct painting operations on the Birmingham Bridge and expansion dam replacement on I-376. All outbound I-376 traffic will be detoured.

 

October 13, 2016Birmingham Bridge Preservation Next Phase begins Thursday in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the next phase of work on the Birmingham Bridge Complex Preservation Project in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Thursday, October 13 weather permitting. Beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, the southbound side of the Birmingham Bridge and the on-ramp from Forbes Avenue will reopen to traffic and the next phase of work will begin.

September 30, 2016Brady Street to Close Tonight in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the closure of Brady Street in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur tonight, Wednesday, September 28. Brady Street was closed on Monday, August 29 to allow crews to conduct painting operations on the Birmingham Bridge. The roadway was reopened on Saturday, September 17 as an alternate route for motorists during the Liberty Bridge closure.

September 6, 2016Southbound Birmingham Bridge Overnight Traffic Stoppages Begin Tuesday in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing overnight, short-term traffic stoppages on the southbound Birmingham Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin tonight, Tuesday, September 6, weather permitting. Intermittent, short-term traffic stoppages of 15 minutes or less on the southbound Birmingham Bridge will occur nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. as crews from Joseph B. Fay Company will conduct latex bridge deck placement operations. Approximately four stoppages will occur each night through Sunday night, September 18.

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Schedule of
Construction Operations

2014: Start of Construction, Containment, Blast/Prime, Steel Repairs

2015: Phase 1 – Painting, Structure & Steel Repairs, Latex Overlay

2016: Phase 2 – Painting, Structure & Steel Repairs, Latex Overlay

2017: Touch-Up Painting, Punch-list, Completion

Information About Detours

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Shown: View from Brady St. of bridge interchanges/roadways

Bridge Entrance/Exit Videos: Current Conditions

Videos showing detour routes will become available as construction continues.

Bridge Access from Second Ave./Brady St. to E. Carson St.

Bridge Access from Fifth Ave. to E. Carson St.

Bridge Access from E. Carson St. (East) to Fifth Ave.

NOTE: There is no RIGHT turn onto Fifth Avenue from the bridge. This is a bus/emergency lane ONLY. Traffic heading to Oakland should use the Forbes Avenue off-ramp or posted detours.

Bridge Access from E. Carson St. (West) to Forbes Ave.

NOTE: There is no RIGHT turn onto Fifth Avenue from the bridge. This is a bus/emergency lane ONLY. Traffic heading to Oakland should use the Forbes Avenue off-ramp or posted detours.

Bridge Access from E. Carson St. (West) to Kirkpatrick St.

NOTE: There is no RIGHT turn onto Fifth Avenue from the bridge. This is a bus/emergency lane ONLY. Traffic heading to Oakland should use the Forbes Avenue off-ramp or posted detours.

Pedestrian Routes

Pedestrian Route from E. Carson St. to Fifth Ave.

  • Proceed North on S. 22nd St.
  • Turn right after passing Ormsby Field
  • Turn left at back of parking lot toward stairs
  • Use stairs to access Birmingham Bridge
  • Use crosswalk and pedestrian signal to cross Brady St.
  • Use crosswalk and pedestrian signal to cross Forbes Ave.
  • Turn left and follow Forbes Ave. to Moultrie St.
  • Follow Moultrie St. to Fifth Ave.

Pedestrian Route from Fifth Ave. to E. Carson St.

  • Do not cross traffic on bridge side of Fifth Ave.
  • Use crosswalk and pedestrian signal to cross to North side of Fifth Ave.
  • Turn left and cross Kirkpatrick St.
  • Follow Fifth Ave. to Moultrie St.
  • Safely cross Fifth Ave. (traffic flows from both directions)
  • Follow Moultrie St. to Forbes Ave.
  • Turn left and follow Forbes Ave. to intersection with Brady St.
  • Use crosswalk and pedestrian signal to cross Forbes Ave.
  • Use crosswalk and pedestrian signal to cross Brady St. to access Birmingham Bridge sidewalk
  • Use stairs on South side of bridge towards Ormsby Field
  • Turn right behind Ormsby Field towards S. 22nd St.
  • Turn left on S. 22nd St. to E. Carson St.

View of the bridge from South Side Slopes
Image source: brookelineconnection.com

Detours

Detours will be outlined in routine PennDOT Traffic Advisories distributed throughout the project. Ongoing detours will be posted here as construction continues.

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Phase II Pedestrian & Bike Detours

Below is a video demonstrating the dedicated Ped/Bike Detour Route from E. Carson St. to Fifth Ave. along the Eastern side of the Bridge.

Below is a video demonstrating the dedicated Ped/Bike Detour Route from Fifth Ave. to E. Carson St. along the Eastern side of the Bridge.


Oakland Smart CommuteVisit Oakland Smart Commute for commuting alternatives like carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, and walking to help minimize traffic during construction.

Important Schedule Dates

The construction schedule will consist of concrete spall repair, structural steel blasting and application of prime coats of overhead structural steel, steel repairs, bearing replacements, replacement of dams/blockouts, hydrodemolition/preparation of LMC, application of LMC, application of intermediate/finish coatings, and miscellaneous construction activities.

Schedule of Construction Operations

2014Start of Construction, Containment, Blast/Prime, Steel Repairs
2015Phase 1 – Painting, Structure & Steel Repairs, Latex Overlay
2016Phase 2 – Painting, Structure & Steel Repairs, Latex Overlay
2017Touch-Up Painting, Punch-list, Completion

View of bridge interchanges from SR376 (Westbound)

Community Meetings

View of bridge interchanges from Second Ave. (Westbound)

Birmingham Bridge Rehabilitation Project Partners

PennDOT

PennDOT

SAI Consulting Engineers

SAI Consulting Engineers

Joseph B. Fay Company

Joseph B. Fay Company, General Contractors

Michael Baker Corporation

Michael Baker Corporation

M.A. Beech Corporation

The BEECH GROUP Inc., Inspectors

City of Pittsburgh

City of Pittsburgh

Oakland Transportation Management Association

Oakland Transportation Management Association

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Phase 2 of the Rehabilitation Project began
on Monday, March 14, 2016. Please follow posted detours.

For your safety and the safety of construction workers, please follow posted pedestrian and bike detours during construction periods. Visit the Press section for current construction detour information from PennDOT.