Veterans Bridge (Pittsburgh)

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Veterans Bridge
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Coordinates 40°27′00″N 79°59′36″W / 40.4499°N 79.9934°W / 40.4499; -79.9934Coordinates: 40°27′00″N 79°59′36″W / 40.4499°N 79.9934°W / 40.4499; -79.9934
Carries I-579
Crosses Allegheny River
Locale Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Official name pghe585-17
Maintained by PennDOT
Characteristics
Design Steel girder bridge
Total length 1,050 feet (320 m)
Longest span 410 feet (120 m)
History
Opened 1987

The Veterans Bridge is a steel and welded girder bridge that carries Interstate 579 over the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Completed in 1988 it cost $420 million (or $838 million in 2015 terms). It opened on November 11, 1988 complete with 107th National Guard howitzers firing ceremonously from the deck, as the last link in I-579.[1] The bridge, 1,050 feet (320 m) in length, has a main span of 410 feet (120 m) and is 51 feet (16 m) above the water.[2] The roadway atop the structure is eight lanes wide, with six lanes dedicated to northbound and southbound traffic (three per direction) and two lanes designed for reversible High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV-2) movements.

The bridge is also designated "pghe585-17".

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