Pittsburgh, By Bridge
Since I’ve been on a running kick recently, I decided to add some variety to my runs and visit just about every bridge that crosses the three rivers with pedestrian access and a view of the city. I have no talent as a photographer, but thought it would be interesting to take one photo per bridge to see the city from a variety of angles.
Hot Metal Bridge
The Hot Metal Bridge crosses the Monongahela River and connects the SouthSide Works to Oakland. It provides an amazing view of the Downtown skyline at all hours of the day, but especially jumps out at night.
Under perpetual construction, there are no good photo angles on the pedestrian side of the bridge.
10th Street Bridge
The Allegheny County Jail and Duquesne University are in the foreground with the Downtown skyline looming in the background. The next bridge down river is the Liberty Bridge, which is not included here due to limited pedestrian access.
Smithfield Street Bridge
The Smithfield Street Bridge provides an up-close view of the city’s skyline and connects Station Square to Downtown. The Fort Pitt Bridge is just down river and Heinz Field can be seen in the background.
Fort Pitt Bridge
By car, the Fort Pitt Bridge bridge provides an icon entryway to the city and has been featured in several movies. The pedestrian bridge passes below and angles towards Point State Park and Heinz Field. The Ohio River, formed by the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers can be seen. The West End Bridge is on the left spanning the Ohio River.
West End Bridge
The West End Bridge is the only bridge on this photo tour that spans the Ohio River. It provides a scenic view of the Downtown skyline and the fountain at Point State Park. Heinz Field and Rivers Casino can be seen on the left.
Fort Duquesne Bridge
The Fort Duquesne Bridge crosses the Allegheny River and provides a view of the fountain at Point State Park as well as the Duquesne Incline and Mount Washington. On the right side of the photo, boats can be seen moored near Heinz Field.
Roberto Clemente Bridge
Known as one of the “Three Sisters”, the Roberto Clemente Bridge connects Downtown with the North Shore at PNC Park. The Fort Duquesne Bridge can be seen directly ahead.
Andy Warhol Bridge
The second of the “Three Sisters”, the Andy Warhol Bridge connects Downtown with the North Shore at the Andy Warhol Museum, hence its namesake. The Roberto Clemente Bridge can be seen immediately ahead and the Fort Duquesne Bridge can be seen in the background.
Rachel Carson Bridge
The third and final of the “Three Sisters”, the Rachel Carson bridge connects Downtown with the North Shore, just like its “siblings”. The Three Sisters sit within four blocks of each other on the Downtown side, crossing the river at 6th, 7th, and 9th Streets.
David McCullough Bridge
Moving further upriver, the David McCullough Bridge connects the Strip District to Troy Hill near the former Heinz plant (now apartments). The Veterans Bridge, not included due to limited pedestrian access, is in the foreground with the Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge behind it (not included as it’s probably not a good idea to run on it either :)).
31st Street Bridge
40th Street Bridge
I hope that you enjoyed this post, learned a little bit, and enjoyed the views!