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 & Related 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, as well as existing and alternative conditions in the project study area for the East Carson Street Safety Improvement Project.

PennDOT Traffic Cameras

Recent Press & Media Coverage

October 25, 2018SR 837 East Carson Street Safety Improvement Project

Check out the video from PennDOT demonstrating the existing and alternative conditions in the SR 837 East Carson Street Safety Improvement Project study area from Smithfield St. to 33rd St. This approximate $12-15 million resurfacing project also includes signal upgrades, ADA curb cut ramp installation, and pedestrian safety improvements on E. Carson St. between Smithfield St. and 33rd St. in the City of Pittsburgh. Work is expected to begin in the Fall of 2018 and conclude late in 2019. Restrictions will vary throughout the corridor. Motorists should expect daytime, overnight and weekend work requiring lane restrictions and detours. The Department is coordinating final working hours and restrictions with the City of Pittsburgh.

July 27, 2018Route 2085 Birmingham Bridge Inspection continues Monday and Tuesday in Pittsburgh

PennDOT is announcing inspection activities on the Birmingham Bridge (Route 2085), over the Monongahela River in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Monday and Tuesday, July 30-31 weather permitting.

Lane restrictions will occur on the Birmingham Bridge in each direction and on associated ramps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Crews from SAI Consulting Engineers Inc. will conduct the bridge inspection activities.

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SR2085 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

SR 837 A2 – East Carson Street Safety Improvement Project

This video from PennDOT demonstrates the existing and alternative conditions in the project study area along East Carson Street from Smithfield Street to 33rd Street.

Project study area from Smithfield St. to 33rd St.

This approximate $12-15 million resurfacing project also includes signal upgrades, ADA curb cut ramp installation, and pedestrian safety improvements on East Carson Street between Smithfield Street and 33rd Street in the City of Pittsburgh. Work is expected to begin in the fall of 2018 and conclude late in 2019. Restrictions will vary throughout the corridor. Motorists should expect daytime, overnight and weekend work requiring lane restrictions and detours. The Department is coordinating final working hours and restrictions with the City of Pittsburgh.

Bridge Entrance/Exit Videos: Current Conditions (July 2014)

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 (July 2014)

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

Additional Resources: PennDOT Traffic Cameras | PennDOT Construction Hotline – (412) 429-6035 | Pittsburgh Area Traffic

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