The Swindell Bridge on Pittsburgh’s North Side reopened Thursday morning after crews finished installing work platforms and taking measurements for a future project, the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure¬†announced.

The work had been scheduled to last through Friday, but it was done early. The bridge, which crosses above Interstate 279 to connect the Perry South and Northview Heights neighborhoods, is open with lane restrictions. The structure has been rated in poor condition since 2009 and was closed for two months last summer after construction debris fell onto the interstate during a previous project.

The upcoming $540,000 project is interim work to replace beams at the western end of the bridge to improve pedestrian safety and remove lane restrictions. The bridge is expected to close for 28 days this summer after the beams are fabricated and ready for installation.

A two-year, $27 million rehabilitation is expected to begin in late 2026 that will include additional steel and concrete repairs, a new deck and full painting.

Ed Blazina

Ed covers transportation at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but he's currently on strike. Email him at eblazina@unionprogress.com.

Ed Blazina

Ed covers transportation at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but he's currently on strike. Email him at eblazina@unionprogress.com.