- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - New Year’s Eve traffic in and out of Pittsburgh might not be the nightmare some were predicting.

That’s because Interstate 376, known locally as the Parkway East, is reopening Thursday, a couple of days earlier than expected following Monday’s implosion of the Greenfield Bridge.

The 93-year-old bridge carried traffic above the interstate. It was imploded so a new span can be built, which will open by May 2017.

The interstate was closed after the implosion so crews could remove demolished bridge debris, and was initially expected to say closed for at least five days.

But Mayor Bill Peduto says inbound entrances to the interstate will start opening at 2 p.m. Thursday, and the outbound entrance ramps will reopen between 10 p.m. and midnight because cleanup occurred faster than expected.

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