What happens when a huge bridge falls 100' into a river? Tsunami! Gather up your nerve and your sense of adventure for an all-new way to experience a dynamite-packed implosion. Tuesday July 13, the the old PA Turnpike bridge at Harmarville will drop into the Allegheny River like a sack of potatoes, and we'll be there, bobbing on the water, 1000' away, watching it go down!
Bring food and drink, noisemakers, video cameras, marine radios & police scanners, flags, crazy hats, Frisbees & beach balls; it's a goofy event, so come prepared!
We'll launch from the Deer Creek boat launch in Harmarville, one mile from the bridge. From Pittsburgh, take Rt. 28 to the Harmarville exit. Keep right onto Rt. 910 and then turn right onto Freeport Road. 500' ahead, turn left onto Wenzel Drive (look for the Harmar Marina and "No Outlet" signs) and cross the railroad tracks. Meet in the parking lot near the launching ramp. Note - everyone should have a DCNR or PA Fish & Boat Commission launch permit sticker on their boats. Click HERE for some nearby locations to pick one up.
We'll paddle upriver and then hang out on the river, waiting for the big moment. When will that moment be? 10:00 AM, unless there's a delay. If anyone is late, go upriver and cross over between the islands to the other side of the river, you'll see us.
Thrills! Spills! Mayhem! Destruction! Isn't THAT worth a day off work?
Q: What time are we meeting?
A: Try to arrive by 8:45 to start staging your gear on the ramp. We'll try to start launching boats at 9:00 AM.
Q: How far do we have to paddle?
A: Less than a mile - the trip is beginner friendly. All types of kayaks are welcome.
Q: When are they blowing up the bridge?
A: The published time is 10:00 AM, but with demolitions, there can always be delays.
Q: How close can we get?
A: They've published conflicting info for the river closure distance. They may push us back further than 1000', you never know. There's a gently sloping shoreline on either side. If we have to, we can take out and watch from shore.
Q: Will there really be a huge wave, or is this a bunch of hype?
A: "Tsunami" is probably just the trip leader's schtick, but you never know!
Q: What if I'm late?
A: Put in at the launch, paddle upriver a short distance, and then pass between the islands, moving from the Harmarville side of the river to the Oakmont side. You'll see us nearby.