Tuesday marks the first time in history Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge was ever closed on a weekday. With the 88-year-old bridge closed all week due to a tarp catching on fire Friday, motorists will have to find another way to commute.
— PA Department of Transportation (@PennDOTNews) September 5, 2016
There are an estimated 55,000 drivers who rely on the Liberty Bridge.
PennDOT has said the bridge was on the verge of collapsing during the fire. The fire got so intense a 30-foot steel beam was starting to melt.
Pittsburgh Public Schools has issued a 2-hour delay on Tuesday because of the bridge not being available. There’s no word on if there will be similar delays provided the rest of the week.
The Liberty Bridge is scheduled to reopen Monday, September 12.
The Liberty Bridge was on fire. It appears to be out now but may still be closed. Avoid the area for traffic pic.twitter.com/o516pWWNp6
— Pittsburgh Fire Fighters (@PghFFLocal1) September 2, 2016