Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Fodder for Sebak

The PG ran an AP story yesterday about a steel mill in Sharon that was still standing after some efforts to demolish it with explosives. It brings back a memory of the first attempt to bring down the South Side’s Brady Street Bridge (to be replaced by the Birmingham Bridge). It was a big event in town, even carried live on TV in May of 1978. The problem was that when the smoke from the explosion cleared away the bridge was still standing. Was a big controversy at the time. Imagine if Three Rivers Stadium had not come down after this. My vague memory tells me they then had to import explosives from Germany to try again, but on the 2nd attempt the bridge dropped into the river as it was supposed to. A few weeks earlier it had been bigger news when some heroic paramedics, firefighters and doctors had to amputate the leg of an ironworker, who had been working to prepare the bridge for demolition, from atop one of the trusses when he became trapped by movement in the steel beams he was cutting.

Funny thing is... if directions around Pittsburgh weren't confusing enough, I still unconsciously sometimes tell people to go over the Brady Street Bridge. Usually leads to the blank stare.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Good to see you blogging. Although the bridge itself is gone, Brady Street is still the best way to get to Second Avenue from Uptown.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 9:48:00 AM  

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