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The McBride Viaduct is a 1,170-foot 23-span pre-stressed concrete and steel thru-girder bridge spanning multiple CSX railroad tracks. The bridge was originally constructed in 1938 with subsequent major rehabilitations. The bridge was posted and ultimately closed to vehicular traffic for public safety reasons and is considered “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete.” Based on a comprehensive feasibility study that was performed in 2013 and approved by the City of Erie, PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration, the preferred alternative is to demolish the viaduct and provide adjacent intersection, pedestrian and ADA improvements, as well as reconstructing East Avenue with a cul-de-sac and barrier on each end providing protection from the railroad.

With the McBride Viaduct set to be demolished, a new pedestrian connection will utilize the Bayfront Bikeway to the intersection of the Bayfront Connector and East 12th Street, with sidewalk improvements on the northern side of East 12th Street to the intersection of East Avenue. Pedestrian improvements are being designed at East 12th Street and the Bayfront Connector consisting of new ADA ramps, crosswalks, expanded sidewalk areas, and streetscaping features.

The main components of the project’s scope include final design services which detail the viaduct’s demolition plan, improved pedestrian connections, safety and ADA improvements, adjacent intersection improvements, pavement reconstruction and construction services. Tasks include railroad coordination, public involvement and stakeholder meetings, demolition plans and specifications, utility coordination and relocations, traffic signal design, drainage updates, pavement design, access considerations, pedestrian and safety designs, urban design, and right-of-way investigation.

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