Andy Warhol Bridge

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Coordinates: 40°26′46″N 80°00′05″W / 40.44611°N 80.00139°W / 40.44611; -80.00139
Andy Warhol Bridge
Seventh Street Bridge
Suspension bridge
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From north bank of the Allegheny River, looking southwest, downtown Pittsburgh in background, Roberto Clemente Bridge at right. Shows main plate girder (bearing compressive forces) and sidewalk support.
Official name: Andy Warhol Bridge
Named for: Andy Warhol
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Municipality Pittsburgh
Road Seventh Street 2 lanes
 - Sidewalks Each side
Crosses Allegheny River
Coordinates 40°26′46″N 80°00′05″W / 40.44611°N 80.00139°W / 40.44611; -80.00139
Length 1,061 ft (323 m)
 - Main span 442 ft (135 m)
 - Side spans 442 ft (135 m)
 - All spans 884 ft (269 m)
Width 62 ft (19 m) Vertical clearance above 78 ft towers
 - Roadway 38 ft (12 m)
Clearance 83.5 ft (25 m)
 - Navigational 40.1 ft (12 m)
Number of spans 3
Builder American Bridge Company
Design Self-anchored suspension
Material Steel
Built 1925–1926
 - Opened June 17, 1926
Maintained by Allegheny County
Location of the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Wikimedia Commons: Andy Warhol Bridge

Andy Warhol Bridge, also known as the Seventh Street Bridge, spans the Allegheny River in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the only bridge in the United States named for a visual artist. It was opened on June 17, 1926 in a ceremony attended by 2,000.[1]

Named for the artist Andy Warhol, a Pittsburgh native, it is one of three parallel bridges called The Three Sisters, the others being the Roberto Clemente Bridge and the Rachel Carson Bridge. The Three Sisters are self-anchored suspension bridges and are historically significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges – as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans — built in the United States.

The bridge was renamed for Warhol on March 18, 2005, as part of the tenth anniversary celebration for the Andy Warhol Museum. The museum is nearby at 117 Sandusky Street, a street which leads to the bridge from the north side of the river on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

On August 11th, 2013, the Andy Warhol Bridge was covered with 580 knitted and crocheted panels in a yarn bombing project known as Knit the Bridge that lasted for four weeks.[2]

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  1. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LkMqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GkoEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6383%2C7041791
  2. ^ http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/08/13/pittsburgh-bridge-gets-a-yarn-bomb-makeover/

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Media related to Andy Warhol Bridge at Wikimedia Commons