The bridge on Route 30 just east of Vincent’s Pizza, informally known as the East Pittsburgh Viaduct but actually located in North Braddock, had been officially nameless. As of Saturday, that changed.
The bridge, which was reconstructed over a two-year period and completed in September at a cost of $13 million, was officially named the AMVETS Memorial Bridge.
A ceremony took place at noon in the median strip, where a sign seen by eastbound drivers now stands prominently. In attendance were State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Wilkins; State Sen. Jim Brewster, D-McKeesport; Chris Roland, vice president of North Braddock council; and several members of AMVETS Post 60, located in North Braddock.
The bridge-naming is intended to honor the post, which has been involved in the North Braddock and Woodland Hills communities, and the veterans that they represent, Mr. Roland said.
Mr. Roland, a social member of the post, approached commander Rege Riley, who brought it up to the rest of the membership. It subsequently contacted Rep. Costa and Sen. Brewster, both of whom represent North Braddock in Harrisburg. Both men introduced a bill in their respective chambers in October. It was approved. Gov. Tom Corbett signed it into law Nov. 1 and it took effect 60 days later. Legislation was required because the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintains responsibility for Route 30.
“When [veterans] ask for anything, [we try to say] yes,” Sen. Brewster said.
Rick Nowlin: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-3871.