McBride Viaduct Demolition Appeal Moving Forward
The McBride Viaduct continues to come down, but we have learned an appeal over the demolition of the bridge is going forward.
Members of Erie Connect Plus Respect (CPR), which battled to save the viaduct, gathered in the office of President Adam Trott Saturday to talk about their appeal to the Third Circuit Court in Philadelphia.
Trott said briefs from both sides are due by Jan. 22.
Demolition is well underway. Sections of the bridge have been completely removed now.
Erie CPR said if it wins its appeal, the advocates want the bridge put back.
The group's larger argument is about what they say is the City of Erie's intentional indifference to the east side, and they consider it discrimination.
"The main message is that it's not over," said Trott. "It's never been over. They said it was a done deal five years ago; it's still not a done deal. The whole purpose of this is to correct the way process flaws occur in the city. We're aiming towards a more equitable and just Erie; that's the bigger picture behind this viaduct advocacy."
Most of the bridge decks of the viaduct on the south side of the railroad tracks have already been removed.