PennDOT officials said crews will be working around the clock over the weekend to repair the Liberty Bridge after a fire started in a construction zone.
Officials said the fire started in a tarp being used to control painting work and spread to nearby plastic pipes.
KDKA reports that the fire damaged 10 foot section of Liberty Bridge, which PennDOT said could cause a catastrophic failure if that part of the bridge is compromised.
PennDOT says 10 foot section of Liberty Bridge under belly was damaged in today's fire. pic.twitter.com/NNQsThtyD5
— Ralph Iannotti (@IannottiRalph) September 2, 2016
PennDOT told KDKA they are working very hard to make sure nothing catastrophic happens.
Officials said the Liberty Bridge is closed indefinitely. The Liberty Tunnel is also closed. Water traffic underneath the bridge has been banned.
PennDOT’s recommended detours:
- Take Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) northbound
- Take the exit to I-376 West/US 19 South toward Carnegie/Airport/West End
- Take Exit 69A toward US 19 South/Banksville Road
- Keep left and loop back to I-376 eastbound toward Fort Pitt Tunnel
- Follow eastbound I-376 through Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge
- For access to I-279 destinations follow I-279 signage, all other destinations take exit toward I-376 East/Monroeville
- Take the left exit 71A to Grant Street
- Turn left onto Grant Street
- End detour
Southbound (Outbound) From Grant Street
- Take Grant Street to I-376
- Take the ramp to West I-376 toward Fort Pitt Bridge/Airport
- Follow I-376 westbound across the Fort Pitt Bridge and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel
- Take Exit 69A toward South 19 Banksville Road
- Keep left and loop back to eastbound I-376
- Take Exit 69B toward South Truck US 19/Route 51 Uniontown
- Merge onto southbound Route 51 and follow back to the Liberty Tunnel
- End detour