Pittsburgh's Bridges (Images of America)

Pittsburgh's Bridges (Images of America) Cover

Pittsburgh is the City of Bridges, and what remarkable bridges they are! The areas challenging topography of deep ravines and mighty riversthe Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio set the stage for engineers, architects, and contractors to conquer the terrain with a variety of distinctive spans. Many were designed to be beautiful as well as functional. While other cities may have one signature bridge, Pittsburgh has such a wide variety that no single bridge can represent it. Pittsburgh's Bridges takes a comprehensive look at the design, construction, and, sometimes, demolition of the bridges that shaped Pittsburgh, ranging from the covered bridges of yesterday to those that define the skyline today.

The book is available on Amazon.

This poster, presented at the North American Cartographic Information Society's 2015 conference highlights the main channel river bridges -- past and present -- featured in the book. Contact bridgemapper@gmail.com for information about purchasing a copy.

Pittsburgh's Bridges Poster

All Bridges

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Pennsylvania Historic Bridge Survey

The Pennsylvania Historic Bridge Survey, also known as the Pennsylvania Historic Bridge Inventory, or PAHBI, was conducted beginning in 1996 by A.G. Lichtenstein and Associates, Inc. All public bridges built prior to 1957 were evaluated for their individual historic significance and for their contribution to existing or potential historic districts. The results of the survey were reviewed by an expert committee, and finalized in 2001. When possible, Bridgemapper.com includes the PAHBI's evaluation as part of the notes field for each Pennsylvania bridge. Information from the PAHBI is cited, and included in quotation marks. For full records, please refer to the PAHBI. You can find it on the following webpage, or you can download it directly from the site here: Historic Bridge MS Access Database.

Historic American Engineering Record

Bridge information also comes from the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER). Since this information is online, the individual web page for each referenced bridge is included for each bridge. You can access HAER's homepage here.

Featured Bridge Archives

Dorrington Road Bridge
Allegheny County, PA

Point Marion Bridge
Fayette / Greene Counties, PA

Hulton Bridge
Allegheny County, PA

Hays Street Bridge
Bexar County, TX

Bellaire Bridge
Belmont County, OH / Marshall County, WV

McMillin Bridge
Pierce County, WA

Meridian Street Bridge
Pierce County, WA

Santa Fe Railroad Bridge
Pierce County, WA