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West End Bridge

West End - North Side Bridge

   


West End Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 2004 and July 2014
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-19 Over Ohio River and Railroad
Location
Pittsburgh: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Structure Type
Metal Tied Braced Ribbed Through Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1932 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Engineer/Design: Allegheny County Department of Public Works

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1991
Main Span Length
780 Feet (237.7 Meters)
Structure Length
1221 Feet (372.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
40.7 Feet (12.4 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 3 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
20019028001260

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This is the first Ohio River Bridge, located right after the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers merge. The enormous through arch on this bridge and its location truly make this bridge the visual and literal gateway to the Ohio River. The bridge is a braced ribbed arch, sometimes called a "trussed arch" bridge and it features wire cable hangers. Spectacular views of this bridge can be had from Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. This bridge's most distinctive visual feature is the height of its through arch, which soars far above the roadway in dramatic fashion. The views from Point State Park, nice as they are, fail to convey the feel of how tall the arch really is. Only by walking or driving over the bridge can the height of the arch truly be experienced. While at mid-span of this bridge, turn around for some excellent views of the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline. This bridge features some Warren pony truss approach spans also, which add to the character of the bridge.

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2014 Structure Overview
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2014 Structure Details
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A collection of detail photos that document the parts, construction, and condition of the bridge. For the best visual immersion and full detail, or for use as a desktop background, this gallery presents the photos for this bridge in the original digital camera resolution.
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2014 Structure Overview
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2014 Structure Details
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A collection of detail photos that document the parts, construction, and condition of the bridge. View the photos for this bridge in a reduced size which is useful for mobile/smartphone users, modem (dial-up) users, or those who do not wish to wait for the longer download times of the full-size photos. Alternatively, view this photo gallery using a popup slideshow viewer (great for mobile users) by clicking the link below.
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2004 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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2004 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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CarCam: Southbound Crossing
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