With METALCON 2019 heading to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in October, we couldn’t be more excited to feature some of the city’s rich history in the steel industry, starting with its bridges. With more than 440 bridges to choose from, we turn to VisitPITTSBURGH and a Pittsburgh Magazine article for their favorite five. Did you know that Pittsburgh has more bridges than Venice, Italy?
The Smithfield Street Bridge – This bridge, which crosses the Monongahela River, is Pittsburgh’s longest in-service bridge and was built upon the site of the former Monongahela Bridge, the city’s first bridge. The Smithfield Street Bridge was designated a national historical landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1976 and is the oldest steel bridge in the United States.
10th Street Bridge (The Philip Murray Bridge) – With a namesake of the first president of the United Steelworkers of America, Philip Murray, this bridge honors the labor movement and its impact on Pittsburgh. It is the longest bridge spanning the Monongahela River and serves as the only cable suspension bridge across any of the three rivers. Built in 1933, the architecture of the bridge resembles the art deco period with its stepped appearance within the towers.
Washington Crossing Bridge – At the age of 21, George Washington was traveling through the area on a mission for Virginia’s governor in 1753 and almost died while crossing the Allegheny River. As a result, the bridge got its nickname in honor of the first President. The 13 original colonies are featured on the bridge with cast-iron seals.
Fort Duquesne Bridge – When this bridge was being built, it was nicknamed the “bridge to nowhere” because of the many unfinished ramps. The ramps on the northern side were finished in 1986 to connect Pennsylvania Route 65 and Interstate 279.
Fort Pitt Bridge – Historically, this bridge is the world’s first computer-designed bowstring arch bridge and the first double-decker bowstring arch bridge. The Fort Pitt Bridge is known for providing a wondrous entrance into the city after drivers cross through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, famously evoking the New York Times to write that Pittsburgh is “the only city in America with an entrance.”
For a fuller list, check out Visit PITTSBURGH’s Top 25 Famous Bridges list. Be sure to leave time to drive or walk some of these famous bridges when you attend METALCON 2019 October 16-19, 2019. Pre-Register today!