Andy Warhol Bridge

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Andy Warhol Bridge
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From north bank of the Allegheny River, looking southwest, downtown Pittsburgh in background, Roberto Clemente Bridge at right. Shows main plate girder (bearing compressive forces) and sidewalk support.
Coordinates 40°26′46″N 80°00′05″W / 40.44611°N 80.00139°W / 40.44611; -80.00139Coordinates: 40°26′46″N 80°00′05″W / 40.44611°N 80.00139°W / 40.44611; -80.00139
Carries Seventh Street
Crosses Allegheny River
Official name Andy Warhol Bridge
Named for Andy Warhol
Maintained by Allegheny County
Characteristics
Design Suspension bridge
Total length 1,061 ft (323 m)
Width 62 ft (19 m)Vertical clearance above 78 ft towers
Height 83.5 ft (25.5 m)
History
Constructed by American Bridge Company
Construction start 1925
Construction end 1926
Opened June 17, 1926
Andy Warhol Bridge is located in Pennsylvania
Andy Warhol Bridge
Andy Warhol Bridge
Location of the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pennsylvania
Andy Warhol Bridge is located in the US
Andy Warhol Bridge
Andy Warhol Bridge
Andy Warhol Bridge (the US)

Andy Warhol Bridge, also known as the Seventh Street Bridge, spans the Allegheny River in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the only bridge in the United States named for a visual artist. It was opened at a cost of $1.5 million[1] on June 17, 1926 in a ceremony attended by 2,000.[2]

Named for the artist Andy Warhol, a Pittsburgh native, it is one of three parallel bridges called The Three Sisters, the others being the Roberto Clemente Bridge and the Rachel Carson Bridge. The Three Sisters are self-anchored suspension bridges and are historically significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges – as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans — built in the United States.

The bridge was renamed for Warhol on March 18, 2005, as part of the tenth anniversary celebration for the Andy Warhol Museum. The museum is nearby at 117 Sandusky Street, a street which leads to the bridge from the north side of the river on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

On August 11, 2013, the Andy Warhol Bridge was covered with 580 knitted and crocheted panels in a yarn bombing project known as Knit the Bridge that lasted for four weeks.[3]

Duquesne Wharf ca. 1912, showing the second Seventh Street Bridge

This is the third Bridge on the site, the first being demolished in early 1884, it's replacement, began construction in 1884,[4] and was open to traffic by 1887.[5]

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References

  1. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LUMqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GkoEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6868%2C6791474
  2. ^ The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search
  3. ^ Pittsburgh Bridge Gets a ‘Yarn Bomb’ Makeover | TIME.com
  4. ^ "A novel and profitable plan of construction for the new seventh street bridge". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 23 Nov 1883. p. 2. Retrieved 5 October 2018 – via newspapers.com. (make the piers) longer than they are now which is sixty-six feet
  5. ^ "Local Laconics". Altoona Times. 22 Jan 1887. p. 4. Retrieved 5 October 2018 – via newspapers.com. Levi H. Kantner, the 16-year-old son of Mr. D. T. Kantner, of the Altoona Gas Works, had the pleasure of being the first bicycler to cross the new Seventh street bridge on a wheel. Levi Kantner won't be beat in anything he undertakes that is, he won't if he can help it.
  • Pohla Smith (2005). Warhol Bridge Dedication: story by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 23, 2006.

External links

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