On Friday I posted pics of a brief fire on the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh, PA, which turned out to be far worse than was initially thought.

PennDOT announced on Sunday that the fire, which involved the tarps and plastic piping, had burned so hot that a thirty-foot deck-support chord had buckled, and the entire bridge may have collapsed had the fire burned much longer.

Plans for emergency repairs have been initiated, and parts are being ordered from as far away as Missouri. The bridge will be closed until September 12th at the earliest, and even after a three day weekend of constant reminders that people would need to take detours, which would be naturally busy, this morning’s rush hour was amazingly chaotic. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings.