By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Mayor Ed Gainey will sign a disaster emergency declaration for the city in the next few days, his office announced Sunday.
The declaration increases the availability of federal funds, among other things, and expedites cleanup and reconstruction. The mayor is also calling on the Pittsburgh City Council to extend the proclamation.
“The Fern Hollow Bridge collapse is a painful reminder of the state of our bridges and a call to action to address our aging infrastructure,” Gainey said in a statement. . “As the City of Bridges, we know how important our infrastructure is to working families. They are the people connected to work, school, childcare, and more. As Mayor, I want the people of Pittsburgh to know that I will work tirelessly to secure additional funding for our infrastructure needs. With the support of our county, state and federal partners, we’ll build back to being better. ”
Frick Park is temporarily closed after the bridge collapsed on Friday morning. Ten people were injured. Four of the victims were taken to a local hospital.
Area traffic and detour restrictions are currently in place. They are as follows:
- Avoid the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge and the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Braddock.
- Drivers and local residents should follow South Dallas Ave to Penn to South Braddock Ave.
- All traffic in the area should use Parkway East instead of Penn Avenue.
Click here to read the full release from the mayor’s office.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/01/30/pittsburgh-bridge-collapse-mayor-ed-gainey-will-sign-declaration-of-disaster-emergency/ Mayor Ed Gainey Will Sign Disaster Emergency Declaration – CBS Pittsburgh