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!

Thanks for stopping!

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  1. Risto February 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

    Beautiful lights and colors of the bridge. Long depth of field in the picture.

  2. Len Saltiel February 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM #

    What a great story and image Mike. The leading lines and processing make this jump off the screen.
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  3. Peter Talke February 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM #

    Sweet Mike! I miss the Burgh! Hope we can all shoot there again later this year!!
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  4. Jimi Jones February 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM #

    Haha… that’s quite a story, Mike. This image is perfect with both sports venues included in the frame. Nice work, man.
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  5. Rick Diffley February 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM #

    Just happen to come across your site. Some very nice images. Will be interested to hear more about some of your post processing process.

  6. Edith Levy February 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM #

    Amazing image (as usual) Mike. Love it.

  7. Mark Garbowski February 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM #

    Awesome blue/gold contrast.
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  8. Evan Gearing February 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM #

    Excellent work as always, Wiz! Great lines and great processing!
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  9. Jim Nix February 17, 2014 at 5:50 AM #

    wow that’s a beauty my friend, can’t believe a dude fly his station wagon off that thing, crazy!!
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  10. Anne McKinnell February 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM #

    This is very impressive! Love all the detail in the bridge. Gorgeous lighting and colours too.
    Anne McKinnell recently posted..Abandoned Car in the Desert (and some fun processing techniques)

  11. Toad Hollow Photo February 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM #

    Mike, your processing is second-to-none. Great details that work in terrific harmony with the natural lines of the composition here, I love this!
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  12. Lawn Pros April 28, 2016 at 7:57 AM #

    what a great story.this is very impressive
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