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North Side Point Bridge
USGS 7.5" Topo Quad - UTM Coordinates:
Pittsburgh West - Zone 17; 0584 4477
motor vehicles, street railway
-- Allegheny Av on right descending bank of Allegheny River
-- Water St on left descending bank of Allegheny River
-- Allegheny River at mile 0
TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION / DESIGN:
subdivided Pratt through truss, 2 spans
LENGTH OF MAIN SPAN:
2 spans, 531 ft each
TOTAL LENGTH (including longest elevated ramp):
2840 ft (Point approach, 913 ft; river spans, 1062 ft total; Allegheny approach, 865 ft)
HEIGHT OF DECK:
YEAR ERECTED / ENGINEER:
1915; removed 1970
The northern pier was left in place after the demolition of the bridge in 1970. It was intended to serve as an observation deck in the riverside park along the Allegheny River. The park, later named Roberto Clemente Park, was built as part of the construction of Three Rivers Stadium.
The Manchester bridge portal sculptures by Charles Keck were to be mounted on the old stone-faced pier, but the project was never completed. The sculptures have been stored at the Old Post Office (Children's Museum) on the North Side since.
The plan may be resurrected as part of the 2000 construction of the Pittsburgh Steelers football stadium adjacent the park.
More Information from Historic American Engineering Record.
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