UPDATE: Liberty Bridge reopening delayed until September 19th

The Liberty Bridge post-fire opening has been delayed until Monday, September 19th. Mayor Bill Peduto confirmed on his twitter account Friday afternoon.

PennDOT officials said they won’t reopen the Liberty Bridge until it’s absolutely safe, but crews were hoping to have the bridge repaired by Monday, September 12th.

KDKA reports that fabricated steel is still being put together.

Officials said they are reevaluating repairs needed every 24 hours, workers are also using 3D models to create their plan.

Contractor Joseph B. Faye Co. is paying $213,000 every day that the bridge is closed.  They will also have to pay to repair the damage to the bridge, reports WPXI.

A contractor using a blowtorch caused sparks to light a a construction tarp on the bridge on fire.

Flames spread to plastic piping and damaged approximately 30 feet of a compression chord of the deck truss.

A federal investigation has been opened to investigate how the fire initially started.

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