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Cruising the Allegheny

During my weekend meetup with Kay Gaensler and family a few months ago I arrived in Pittsburgh a few hours early and decided to roam around the city before they got into town. I shot this walking across the Rachel Carson Bridge, one of three twin bridges crossing the Allegheny to the North Shore area of Pittsburgh. The bridge in the foreground is the Andy Warhol bridge.

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The Bridge to Nowhere

The Fort Duquesne Bridge- The Bridge to Nowhere

 The Fort Duquesne Bridge- The Bridge to Nowhere

Back in Pittsburgh for today’s post, under the Fort Duquesne Bridge, shot last year while walking around the City. This is actually not a bridge to nowhere but more on that in a  bit.  This bridge crosses the Allegheny River to the North Shore, home of Heinz Field(Left)  and PNC Park(right). It was late in the afternoon and the sun was setting, the sunrise and sunset’s in the city are always fun, especially with most of the bridge’s painted gold.

As for the Bridge to Nowhere, it is actually a pretty cool story.  After completion of most of the main span in 1963 the lack of acquiring the right of ways to the North Shore Ramps meant the bridge actually ended in midair. The bridge was dubbed “The Bridge to Nowhere” and remained that way for 6 years until 1969 when the ramps were completed.

But there is more…On Dec. 12, 1964, University of Pittsburgh student Frederick Williams and his station wagon flew 170 feet in the air off the unfinished ramp and landed near the river bank upside down. He emerged shaken but unhurt. Other drivers had to wait five more years to make the trip. Within a few weeks of this near tragedy, an iconic Pittsburgh radio personality, Rege Cordic, distributed commemorative bumper stickers which read “Official Entry, Cordic & Company Bridge Leap Contest.” With thousands of vehicles bearing these stickers on Pittsburgh’s streets, the city responded by blocking off the end of the bridge with concrete barriers. Ya gotta love stories like that!

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