The bridge is still there as of 7/21/12. I was in Pennsylvania and drove by it. That bridge replacement sign might be there but I do not recall seeing it.
As of May 2009, the bridge was still there. I saw a sign posted during my visit to the bridge that it would take a nominal amount to save the bridge
True, although there's not much left in Pittsburgh that has anything to do with steel anymore, which seems to be true everywhere.
Many cities seem to have lost a lot of what made them famous, so to speak, since there's only one (major) brewery left in Beer City. There are't many tires being made in Akron nor pumps in Fort Wayne. Not many cars are being made in Motown anymore and the Second City? It's the Third City now. Of course, the the source of the wind in the Windy City (politicians) is still well supplied and they all still have plenty of hot air.
I have always given Pennsylvania credit because of the large number of surviving HBs in the state and the fact that many of them are actually painted. This demolition frenzy must be a fairly recent policy.
It seems ironic that a state that is so associated with iron, steel, and bridge fabrication would be so quick to remove even the most significant HBs.
Surprised it's doomed? It's in Pennsylvania. A plan to *SAVE* it...now, *THAT* would be a surprise.
This has to be one of the most historically significant truss bridges in the United States. I am surprised to see it listed in the "Doomed" Category.