Pittsburgh’s bridges are as emblematic of the city and region as our pickle pins, sports teams and pierogies.
This week, the American real estate blog Curbed spotlights the theme of national bridges, and Pittsburgh leads the way.
In her article, A Tour of Iconic U.S. Bridges, from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, Curbed writer Jessica Dailey includes some of our city’s most enduring landmarks, with shout-outs to bridges named for Pittsburgh’s athletic, cultural and social pioneers, along with lesser-known structures that transport thousands of residents daily.
Writing about our City of Bridges, Dailey says:
“When you think about places with iconic bridges, Pittsburgh probably doesn’t come to mind; after all, none of the city’s bridges are world-famous and no Steel City span was designed by a starchitect. But Pittsburgh, as a city of rivers, hills, and ravines, is a city of bridges. With 446 crossings, Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city in the country. Most of the bridges are like the city itself, understated and often overlooked, but they find a way to mark your experience of Pittsburgh, whether you’re a first-time visitor coming out of the tunnel onto the Fort Pitt Bridge to have the skyline explode before you or you’re a lifelong Pirates fan who stood on the Roberto Clemente Bridge with hundreds of others to watch the Buccos win their first playoff game in 21 years.”
A Pittsburgh native, Dailey goes on to add some personal reflections:
“For me, as a Pittsburgh native and University of Pittsburgh graduate, bridges were a constant, unnoticed, delightful presence. The Highland Park Bridge, a steel spandrel truss crossing built in 1938, marked every trip to the zoo, or to work with my mom. The Veterans Bridge, an unremarkable highway span, marked every drive into Downtown (peering out the window to catch the Wholey’s fish and neon Heinz ketchup sign were my favorite part of the drive as a kid). The Hot Metal Bridge, a long-neglected 128-year-old span that was finally given new life, was our college student gateway from Oakland to the South Side. The Roberto Clemente Bridge, one of the bright yellow, nearly identical Three Sisters connecting Downtown and the North Side, was our walkway to every Pitt football game and Pirates game.”