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