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Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge

Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 27, 2018 and November 4, 2019

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Key Facts

Pittsburgh: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1938 By Builder/Contractor: Fort Pitt Bridge Works of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
360 Feet (109.7 Meters)
Structure Length
780 Feet (237.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
42 Feet (12.8 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
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This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: This bridge is at high risk for demolition and replacement with Section 106 in progress starting in 2019!

This massive deck truss bridge is one of the few surviving patented Wichert truss bridges in existence. Pittsburgh with its unusually large collection of historic bridges is lucky enough to have two. Despite the fact that Pittsburgh has two of this bridge type, the rarity of this bridge type on a national scale is such that each bridge should recieve the highest preservation priority. Sadly, that does not appear to be the track this bridge is on, with plans for demolition and replacement being considered. The demolition of one of the rarest bridge types in America would be a huge loss, even for a city with many historic bridges like Pittsburgh. Other historic bridges in Pittsburgh remain in good condition because they are preserved. This bridge should be preserved in a similar manner. The bridge was designed by the City of Pittsburgh, which had to license the Wichert truss design. On the bridge plaque, the Wichert Continuous Bridge Corporation is named as patentee.

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Above: Historical photo showing previous bridge at this location, which dated to 1907.


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