The bridge was constructed from 1924-1927 and was opened to traffic on 20 June 1927. It was constructed by the Fort Pitt Bridge Works of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
It was closer to the point than its Allegheny River counterpart, the Manchester Bridge. It landed roughly where the plaza around the Point Fountain begins on the north side, and less than a tenth of a mile east of the Duquesne Incline on the south side. The south landing remains, partly shrouded by trees, between West Station Square Drive and West Carson Street. The bridge passed over an elevated span above the Point to connect the two bridges.
It was closed to traffic on October 17, 1969 when its successor, the Fort Duquesne Bridge (located closer to the Roberto Clemente Bridge) opened that same day. It was demolished in the autumn of 1970 to make way for what is now Point State Park. Explosives were used to drop the south side span into the river at 18:42 on September 29, 1970. The original attempt 11 hours earlier was unsuccessful when five of the eight charges failed to detonate. Demolition was subcontracted to Controlled Demolition by Dravos and was overseen by John. D Loizeaux.