Point Bridge (Pittsburgh)

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Point Bridge
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Point Bridge at Fort Pitt Blvd. in 1968
Coordinates 40°26′27″N 80°00′52″W / 40.4408°N 80.0145°W / 40.4408; -80.0145Coordinates: 40°26′27″N 80°00′52″W / 40.4408°N 80.0145°W / 40.4408; -80.0145
Crosses Monongahela River
Locale Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Official name South Side Point Bridge
Design cantilever through truss
Material steel
Total length 1,120 feet (340 m)
Width 38 feet (12 m)
Longest span 670 feet (200 m)
Clearance below 60 feet (18 m)
Opened June 20, 1927
Closed June 21, 1959

The Point Bridge was a steel cantilever truss bridge that spanned the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1]


The original Point Bridge

Point Bridge I[edit]

In 1877, a suspension bridge called the Point Bridge was built over the Monongahela River, and is retroactively referred to as Point Bridge I by locals since being replaced by the second Point Bridge, which is sometimes called "Point Bridge II".[2][3]

Point Bridge II[edit]

The bridge was constructed from 1924-1927 and was opened to traffic on 20 June 1927.[4] 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.

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