Smithfield Street Bridge Pittsburgh Reviews
The Smithfield Street Bridge Connection May 27, 2012
Smithfield Street Bridge is the oldest of Pittsburgh's 400 bridges and the oldest steel bridge in the United States. The two spans of the through-truss bridge opened between 1883 and 1889. It was designed by Gustav Lindenthal and is 1,184 feet (361 m) long.
Smithfield Street Bridge today carries Smithfield Street across the Monongahela River from downtown Pittsburgh to the Mount Washington bank of the river. It provides direct access from downtown to the Station Square retail and hotel development and along Carson Street to the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines up to Mount Washington. The bridge carries vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian traffic on separated walkways.
The bridge reminded me very much of the decorative cast iron bridges I had seen in Prague and Budapest. (They are contemporaries of Smithfield Street Bridge.) I especially liked the steel gateways at either end with their trios of pointed finials.
The bridge was restored in 1994-1995 and is listed on the National register of Historic Places. There is no toll.
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