Police close Pittsburgh bridge after barge strike

The following is the text of a news report from the Tribune-Review:

(PITTSBURGH) — City police blocked the Hot Metal Bridge late Thursday after the U.S. Coast Guard told emergency dispatchers that it had received a report of a barge hitting the span.

A city River Rescue boat was sent to examine the bridge after the report was received shortly before midnight.

There was no immediate indication of any possible damage to the bridge — which spans the Monongahela River between the South Side and Hazelwood — or how long it would remain closed.


The Hot Metal Bridge has reopened for the morning rush hour after it was deemed safe after one of its supports was hit by a barge.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported the barge strike on the bridge spanning the Monongahela River at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, which prompted Pittsburgh police to close it until it could be inspected.

By Professional Mariner Staff