Liberty Bridge (Pittsburgh)
|Carries||4 lanes of roadway|
|Official name||Liberty Bridge|
|Other name(s)||South Hills Bridge|
|Maintained by||Allegheny County|
|Total length||2,663 feet (812 m)|
|Longest span||2 spans, each 448 feet (137 m)|
|Clearance below||44.4 feet (13.5 m)|
|Opened||March 27, 1928|
The Liberty Bridge, completed in 1928, connects downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the Liberty Tunnels and the South Hills neighborhoods beyond. It crosses the Monongahela River and intersects Interstate 579 (the Crosstown Boulevard) at its northern terminus.
The Liberty Bridge is a steel cantilever bridge and was constructed as the missing link between downtown Pittsburgh and the Liberty Tunnel, which had been constructed four years earlier in 1924 as a link to the South Hills. The bridge opened on March 27, 1928, following a 5-mile (8.0 km) vehicle parade from the southern suburbs of the city, which crossed the Smithfield Street Bridge and proceeded through downtown before ending at the southern end of the new bridge.
It was renovated in 1982 by the Dick Corporation, at a cost of $32 million.
On September 2, 2016 the Liberty Bridge was closed for 24 days, following a fire during construction work on the bridge. Intense heat from burning plastic piping had caused a 30-foot (9 m) steel beam (compression chord) to buckle. The bridge reopened to weight-limited traffic on September 26th, and full traffic on September 30th. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation assessed the value of the damages at over $3 million.
- List of bridges documented by the Historic American Engineering Record in Pennsylvania
- List of crossings of the Monongahela River
- "Holding down the fort". December 6, 2007. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
- "The Liberty Bridge Dedication - 1928". Retrieved October 25, 2010.
- Gruen, J. Philip (August 1997). "Liberty Bridge" (PDF). Historic American Engineering Record. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 23, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
- "Liberty Bridge - Bridges and Tunnels of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh, PA". pghbridges.com.
- "Liberty Bridge open again, but with a 9-ton limit on vehicles". September 26, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
- "Fire closes Liberty Bridge and Tunnel indefinitely, causing traffic nightmare". September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- "PennDOT works on Liberty Bridge timeline". September 4, 2016. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- "PennDOT sets damages from Liberty Bridge closure at $3 million". November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
- Liberty Bridge on pghbridges.com
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. PA-448, "Liberty Bridge, Spanning Monongahela River, East Carson Street & Second Avenue at State Route 3069, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA", 11 photos, 1 color transparency, 15 data pages, 1 photo caption page