Group Pleads to Save McBride Viaduct, Says 'City Hall Can Still be a Hero'
An organization that has been attempting to save Erie's McBride viaduct from demolition is making another appeal to city hall.
At a news conference this morning, the group Erie CPR says Mayor Joe Schember and Erie City Council can still be a hero to the neighborhood near the viaduct by choosing to renovate the bridge instead of tearing it down.
The 80-year old viaduct connects East Avenue over the railroad tracks near 12th Street. It has been closed to vehicular traffic since 2010 after city engineers deemed it unsafe. However, pedestrians and bicyclists still used the bridge until early this month when work crews started preparing it for demolition. The city believes pedestrians can use the nearby Bayfront Connector Bridge instead.
Erie CPR is planning to file an appeal in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia to prevent the demolition. The organization’s president, Adam Trott, hopes city hall would step forward first.
"At any time they can stop the demolition and turn everything around, save the bridge, and make a whole new story for the East side,” he said.
The group revealed that another national publication, Landscape Architecture Magazine, has printed a story about the fight to save the viaduct. The New York Times printed a similar article last March.