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IMPLOSION – Dooker Hollow Bridge
February 13 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
UPDATE 2/11/21: The implosion of the Dooker’s Hollow Bridge in North Braddock and East Pittsburgh has been delayed until 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 13. That time and date is contingent on weather and other possible factors not further slowing placement of the explosives.
Placement of the explosives is highly technical work done using a large crane. The off-and-on snow and at times windy conditions this week caused the work to take longer than originally anticipated. Safety is our top priority, so Public Works is giving Allison Park Contractors, Inc. and Demtech, LLC the time they need to ensure the bridge is imploded without any issues.
The 96 explosives on the bridge will not be live until blasting caps are placed the day of the implosion. The explosives are being guarded 24 hours a day by our contractors.
We apologize for the delay and very much appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.
The implosion is part of an ongoing $9.95 million bridge replacement project that began on October 19, 2020. For information about the project, please visit https://arcg.is/1HOCjv0.
UPDATE 2/10/21: The Department of Public Works announced today that the steel structure of the Dooker’s Hollow Bridge in North Braddock Borough and East Pittsburgh Borough will be imploded at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 12. The bridge’s deck already has been removed.
The following sections of road will be closed from approximately 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on February 11:
• Bell Avenue from the 1500 block to the bridge;
• Center Street from Draper Street to the bridge;
• All of O’Connell Boulevard;
• Ravine Street from O’Connell Boulevard to Lewis Street;
• Poplar Avenue from Draper Street to the end of the road; and
• Bessemer Avenue from Draper Street to the end of the road.
Police will be present at those closures to stop vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
Just prior to and during the implosion, the public will not be allowed to be outdoors within 1,000 feet of the bridge, and those living within 1,000 feet of the bridge will be required to remain in their homes. The implosion will not occur until crews confirm the area is clear. Property owners and renters affected by the implosion have been notified and provided safety instructions.
We encourage residents living in the communities surrounding the bridge to keep pets indoors during implosion, as the noise might frighten them.
Warning signals audible within a half-mile of the bridge will occur five minutes, one minute, and 10 seconds prior to the implosion. After the implosion and following a safety inspection of the area, an all-clear signal will be given.
Residents with questions or concerns about the implosion are urged to call 412-350-2451.