Pittsburgh, By Bridge

Pittsburgh is known as a photogenic city, as well as “the city of bridges” due to arguably having more of them than anywhere else.

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.

Hot Metal Bridge on Google Maps | Wikipedia

Birmingham Bridge

Under perpetual construction, there are no good photo angles on the pedestrian side of the bridge.

Birmingham Bridge on Google Maps | Wikipedia

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.

10th Street Bridge on Google Maps | Wikipedia

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.

Smithfield Street Bridge on Google Maps | Wikipedia

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.

Fort Pitt Bridge on Google Maps | Wikipedia

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.

West End Bridge on Google Maps | Wikipedia

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.

Fort Duquesne Bridge on Google Maps | Wikipedia

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.

Roberto Clemente Bridge on: Google Maps | Wikipedia

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.

Andy Warhol Bridge on: Google Maps | Wikipedia

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.

Rachel Carson Bridge on: Google Maps | Wikipedia

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 :)).

David McCullough Bridge on: Google Maps | Wikipedia

31st Street Bridge

The 31st Street Bridge connects the end of the Strip District with Troy Hill, while passing over Washington’s Landing and its marina.

31st Street Bridge on: Google Maps | Wikipedia

40th Street Bridge

The tour ends with the 40th Street Bridge, connecting Lawrenceville to Millvale. The 33rd Street Railroad Bridge is seen down river and the Downtown skyline is just under four miles away.

40th Street Bridge on: Google Maps | Wikipedia

I hope that you enjoyed this post, learned a little bit, and enjoyed the views!