Snowmobile Bridge over the PA Turnpike Bridge is now OPEN!
In the Spring of 2012 the newly built bridge was finally opened, and snowmobiling across the PA Turnpike is once again possible. Below is a link to the old Save the Bridge campaign site — photos and messages during the long and arduous process of getting a new bridge petitioned, approved, funded, and built. Enjoy – and see you on the Bridge!
Read the Archives on Losing and Saving the Bridge (below):
Turnpike Bridge Closure
On December 17, 2009 the Rolling Ridge Snowmobile Club leadership was notified by the PA DCNR that the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail bridge over the PA Turnpike (I-76) was found to have numerous unsound structural components, and is currently unsafe for any type of travel, including snowmobile travel. Below follows what we hope is helpful information.
Old Bridge Deconstruction
(photo & text by Tribune Review)
- Read May 25, 2011 DCNR Press Release here
- April 1, 2010 Update by then-Club Vice President Kerri Schott
- PA DCNR Press Release (pdf) on bridge status
- January 13, 2010 update by Rolling Ridge SMC
- January 2010 Call to Action & Update Letter from Rolling Ridge SMC
- January, 2010 PSSA Article (pdf) on behalf of the three area Clubs
- Petition for signatures (pdf) – please help by printing, distributing and returning to help get legal signatures
- “Save the Bridge (pdf)” decal – free to print and distirbute (.jpg here)
- Sign the e-petition (but don’t if you’ve signed a paper version)
See related news stories here:
12.28.2009: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review short story “Bridge Closed” (pdf)
12.27.2009: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story “Laurel Highlands footbridge closed” (pdf)
1.12.2010: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review short story “Pressure this ‘priority'” (pdf)