Bridge nearest Blvd of the Allies
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WPA bridges on Locust Trail (2 structures)
Pittsburgh (Schenley Park)
USGS 7.5" Topo Quad - UTM Coordinates:
Pittsburgh East - Zone 17; 0589 4776
pedestrians, Locust Trail
TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION / DESIGN:
concrete over corrugated steel, stone facing
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TOTAL LENGTH (including longest elevated ramp):
HEIGHT OF DECK:
YEAR ERECTED / ENGINEER:
1939, Works Progress Administration
The Locust Trail clings to the hillside below Overlook Drive and above the Penn Lincoln Parkway East. The trail provides the southern section of a circumferential path around the park -- connecting the Anderson Bridge on the west to the four-way intersection of Greenfield, Hobart, Bartlett and Panther Hollow roads in the east.
Near the Anderson Bridge, south of the swimming pool, the trail crosses a pair of small ravines which drain into Four Mile Run. Each gap is crossed by a faux-arch bridge with stone facing. The construction includes a section of corrugated steel pipe well concealed below the stonework.
The Locust Trail bridges were constructed by the WPA in 1939, as were bridges on the Bridle Path and Lake Trail in the center of the park. The Locust Trail is a well-travelled, well-maintained trail used by pedestrians and bicyclists.
Above the Parkway, the trail is cut into the hillside. The stone cliffs in this area suggest that this could have been the source of the stone for the Schenley Park WPA bridges.
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