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UPDATE: Police Divert Fifth Avenue Traffic During Truck Removal

Date: October 7, 2019
Incident Type: Unusual
Location: Uptown/Oakland


Fifth Avenue and Boulevard of the Allies have been reopened after a garbage truck was hoisted and removed from a collapsed parking pad on the 2400 block of Fifth Avenue.

The complicated preparation and lift took more than eight hours, resulting in traffic diversions.

Thank you to commuters for your patience while Allegheny Crane Rental performed a safe removal.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. a garbage collection truck partially fell through a concrete parking pad that collapsed under its weight in the 2400 block of Fifth Avenue.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, Pittsburgh Police, Allegheny County and the Port Authority were called in to assess how and when to extract the vehicle.

Allegheny Crane Rental will be conducting the complicated removal procedure which will shut down Fifth Avenue from 2 p.m. on October 7 until further notice.

Drivers inbound will be diverted to the Boulevard of the Allies on ramp at Robinson Street.

Access back on to Fifth Avenue will be at Moultrie Street and Jumonville Street from Boulevard of the Allies.

At approximately 6 PM - During the actual crane lift, Boulevard of the Allies will be closed from Robinson Street to the the Birmingham Bridge for approximately one hour.

NOTE: This operation could take several hours. Please watch this space and Public Safety social media pages for updates.

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz