Statement from Mayor Ed Gainey in Response to SPC Transportation Technical Committee Acceleration of Charles Anderson Bridge Rehabilitation Project

“Over the past several weeks my team has been working diligently to find a path to accelerate the funding for this vital piece of our city infrastructure in order to find the best path forward to reopening the Charles Anderson Bridge.

Through a partnership with PennDOT we will be able to move through the design and engineering phases as quickly as possible as we look to the full rehab project helping us take many months out of the projected timeline.

I am grateful for our partners at PennDOT, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, and the Federal Highway Administration for their support through this process and for working to aid us in removing barriers to in order to start work on this project sooner.

When we made the decision to close Charles Anderson Bridge, we did so with a commitment to keep our city safe, and had hoped at that time to be able to make the repairs needed to reopen the bridge later this year.

Because of our ability to dramatically expedite the process we are now able to move forward with our plans for the full rehabilitation project of the bridge which means that the Charles Anderson Bridge will remain closed until the completion of that project.

I want to thank the people of Pittsburgh for their continued patience, and we plan to meet with community members soon about the project and next steps as we work out the logistics and timeline.“

For more information about the Charles Anderson Bridge Rehabilitation Project visit the EngagePGH page at: Charles Anderson Bridge Rehabilitation Project | Engage Pittsburgh (


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Maria Montano
Communications Director
Mayor's Office