2018-01-13 / News

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Bush Hill Road bridge in Keating Summit finally met its fate this week after the cumulative effect of decades of wear and tear forced the community landmark into permanent retirement. Crews from DemTech LLC of Butler demolished the landmark bridge with explosives Wednesday morning after weeks of preparation. The 126-year-old span was temporarily closed in 2010 after inspectors found it to be unsafe. Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad, which owned the bridge, paid for $100,000 in structural improvements to bolster the structure. A lower weight limit was imposed to extend its life expectancy. New deficiencies were discovered in 2015 and the decision was made to close the bridge permanently. A new crossing about a one-half mile north of the bridge was completed in 2016. Top photo by Pam Watson Bush Hill Road bridge in Keating Summit finally met its fate this week after the cumulative effect of decades of wear and tear forced the community landmark into permanent retirement. Crews from DemTech LLC of Butler demolished the landmark bridge with explosives Wednesday morning after weeks of preparation. The 126-year-old span was temporarily closed in 2010 after inspectors found it to be unsafe. Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad, which owned the bridge, paid for $100,000 in structural improvements to bolster the structure. A lower weight limit was imposed to extend its life expectancy. New deficiencies were discovered in 2015 and the decision was made to close the bridge permanently. A new crossing about a one-half mile north of the bridge was completed in 2016. Top photo by Pam Watson

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