David McCullough Bridge
|David McCullough Bridge (commonly & historically as the 16th Street Bridge)|
|Road||16th Street (4 lanes, 2 walkways)|
|Length||1,900 ft (579 m)|
|- Mainspan||437 ft (133 m)|
|Width||41.3 ft (13 m)|
|Design||Through arch bridge|
|- Added to NRHP||August 13, 1979|
|Governing body||Allegheny County|
|NRHP #||79002163 |
The 16th Street Bridge replaced the Mechanics Street Bridge which had been completed at the behest of the State of Pennsylvania in 1838. The 16th Street Bridge was constructed in 1922 with a length of 1,900 feet (580 m) and a width of 40 feet (12 m). The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The 16th Street Bridge is one of the more popular bridges in the city of Pittsburgh and provides easy access to the Strip District and the North Shore.
Days after the infamous St. Patrick's Day Flood of 1936, reports spread on March 20 that the bridge had collapsed from the pressure of the receding flood waters and debris, prompting Pittsburgh Police Chief Jacob Dorsey to close all city bridges for fear of receding waters and debris weakening or collapsing them. However, the reports were soon discovered to be false.
- List of crossings of the Allegheny River
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Mader, Nicole. "Northern Liberties Bridge Company Ledger Finding Aid". University of Pittsburgh Archive Service Center. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- "False Report of Bridge Collapsing Causes Panic in Pittsburgh -- 45 Dead". The Evening Independent Vol. 39, No. 118. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
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