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Heth's Run Bridge

Haights Run Bridge

Heth's Run Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 17, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Butler Street (PA-8) Over Heth's Run (Haights Run)
Location
Pittsburgh: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: United States

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
255 Feet (78 Meters)
Structure Length
327 Feet (100 Meters)
Roadway Width
32.2 Feet (9.81 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
2000801500137

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

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

View a selection of original plan sheets for this historic bridge.

View a historical article about this bridge.

This bridge has an unusual appearance and history. It is hard to tell that this is even a bridge today. Originally built to span a ravine, the ravine was later filled in to the point where the ground is level with the deck on the south side. On the north side, the ground drops off just enough to reveal the arch ribs. The north side is also distinguished by significant brush and overgrowth. Needless to say, this is a difficult bridge to view and photograph today. This bridge is noteworthy in the area for retaining any original balustrade railings, found on the northern side of the bridge in damaged condition. A historical photo shows the bridge and ravine when the bridge was first completed. More historical photos can be found in the photo gallery. Original plan sheets available detail the appearance and text of two different plaques that were once on the bridge and also show that an initial design for the bridge featured two larger decorative pillars at one end.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 1914, 327'-long (195'-long clear span), ribbed, open spandrel deck arch bridge has classical concrete balustrades with urn-shaped balusters, decorative urns on the balustrades, and large concrete pylons at each end has been determined not eligible by PHMC.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane city over a filled ravine just west of the Highland Park bridge. It originally crossed Heth Avenue and Heth's Run in an 80' depp ravine that has been gradually filled starting about 1939. On the south side the fill is up to sidewalk level.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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