Workers Implode 107-Year-Old Hulton Bridge

Jan 26, 2016

Crews imploded the century-old Hulton Bridge in Oakmont Tuesday.
Credit takomabibelot / flickr

Workers have imploded the old Hulton Bridge over the Allegheny River.

The implosion of the 107-year-old span that connects the Pittsburgh suburbs of Oakmont and Harmar occurred about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The bridge is named for Jonathon Hulton, who was one of the first landowners in the area and whose family operated a ferry across the river.

A new, $66 million Hulton Bridge opened months ago.

The new span has been temporarily closed so crews can make sure it wasn't damaged by the implosion of the old bridge.

PennDOT kept people 1,000 feet away from the blast and closed nearby Route 28 to ensure motorist safety. Those roads were to open as soon as crews confirmed that all of the explosive charges set for the implosion have detonated.

If you missed the bridge implosion, you can check it out on Vimeo, via Pittsburgh photographer Dave DiCello: