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

March 11, 2016Birmingham Bridge Preservation begins New Phase Monday 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 Monday, March 14 weather permitting.

December 8, 2015Second Avenue Lane Restriction begins Wednesday in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing a lane restriction on Second Avenue in the area of the Birmingham Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin Wednesday, December 9, weather permitting.

November 3, 2015Birmingham Bridge to Reopen through March

PennDOT District 11 is announcing the entire Birmingham Bridge will reopen to traffic in both directions beginning Friday, November, 6 weather permitting.

August 21, 2015Intermittent Southbound Birmingham Bridge Lane Restrictions Underway in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing intermittent single-lane restrictions on the southbound Birmingham Bridge (Route 2085) are underway in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

August 17, 2015Birmingham Bridge Traffic Stoppages Tuesday Morning in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing two short-term traffic stoppages on the Birmingham Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur on Tuesday, August 18, weather permitting.

August 7, 2015Second Avenue Lane Restrictions begin Monday in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing short-term traffic stoppages on the southbound Birmingham Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur on Monday, July 20, weather permitting.

July 17, 2015Southbound Birmingham Bridge Traffic Stoppages Monday Morning in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing short-term traffic stoppages on the southbound Birmingham Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur on Monday, July 20, weather permitting.

June 11, 2015Birmingham Bridge Pedestrian Route Crosswalk Installation Friday in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing crosswalk installation at several intersections along the Birmingham Bridge pedestrian route in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur on Friday, June 12, weather permitting.

May 28, 2015Birmingham Bridge Repairs Friday Morning in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing repairs on the Birmingham Bridge (Route 2085) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Friday, May 29 weather permitting. Crews from Joseph B. Fay Company will conduct repairs to the bearing pads from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Friday. To accommodate the repairs, traffic stoppages of 15 minutes or less will occur in both directions on the bridge and on associated ramps.

May 14, 2015Birmingham Bridge Steel Repairs continue Friday Night in Pittsburgh

PennDOT District 11 is announcing steel repairs under the Birmingham Bridge (Route 2085) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will continue Friday night, May 15, weather permitting. To accommodate the repairs, lane restrictions will occur weeknights through Friday night, May 29 in the following locations: Brady Street between Second Avenue and Forbes Avenue. Single-lane alternating traffic will occur. Flaggers will control traffic. Restrictions will occur from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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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.