Bringing Down the Hulton Bridge

The above is a screenshot from a video by photographer Dave Dicello that captures the implosion of the old Hulton Bridge from the banks of the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania. 

A boom echoed through the Pittsburgh area on Tuesday morning with the implosion of the 107-year-old Hulton Bridge over the Allegheny River and Norfolk Southern Railroad. The blast dropped the two-lane, steel truss bridge into the river in mere seconds, and crews are removing and recycling 1,600 tons of steel from the navigation channel. The bridge will be replaced with a 1,600-ft multi-girder steel structure that will carry four, 11-ft lanes of traffic (two lanes in each direction) with six-ft shoulders. The project began in September of 2013 and will be completed in early May.

“While it is sad to see an old bridge that has served these communities so faithfully taken down so quickly, it is an important step in the completion of our project,” said PennDOT District 11 Executive Dan Cessna. “The new, modern Hulton Bridge, with elegant design details, will allow the region to grow and prosper.”

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