Glenwood Bridge

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Glenwood Bridge
Coordinates 40°23′51″N 79°56′08″W / 40.3976°N 79.9355°W / 40.3976; -79.9355Coordinates: 40°23′51″N 79°56′08″W / 40.3976°N 79.9355°W / 40.3976; -79.9355
Carries 4 lanes of PA 885
Crosses Monongahela River
Locale Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Official name Glenwood Bridge
Other name(s) pghe590-12
Maintained by Allegheny County
Design Cantilever bridge
Total length 2,280 feet (690 m)
Longest span 557 feet (170 m)
Clearance below 50 feet (15 m)
Opened 1966
Bridge piers

The Glenwood Bridge is a cantilever bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which carries Pennsylvania Route 885 over the Monongahela River. It started construction on June 3, 1958 and was completed in 1966 to replace an old decayed unsafe iron bridge built in 1894 which carried Pittsburgh Railways streetcar tracks and vehicle traffic on a wooden deck.[1]


Glenwood bridge (1894)

The original bridge was built by the Penn Bridge Company of Beaver Falls[2] and carried trolley tracks between Pittsburgh and Homestead. It was later paved with wood to allow vehicle traffic to share the crossing.[3] Permission was given by the Public Utilities Commission on November 8, 1962 for Pittsburgh Railways to convert trolley routes 55 East Pittsburgh via Homestead and Braddock and 98 Glassport to bus service, as the replacement bridge planned did not incorporate trolley tracks.[4] Trolley service 55 across the bridge ended on July 4, 1964.[5]

South interchange

At the southern end of the bridge is an expressway-style interchange with Pennsylvania Route 837.[6] This interchange was built for a spur of the cancelled "East-West Expressway", which was at the proposal stage when the bridge was built.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ "Glenwood Bridge". December 5, 2000. Retrieved December 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "1894 Glenwood Bridge". September 4, 2001. Retrieved December 5, 2009.
  3. ^ "Glenwood Bridge between Pittsburgh and Hays Borough". July 1, 1964. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  4. ^ "Trolley Firm To Put Buses On 2 Routes". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. November 9, 1962. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  5. ^ "Pittsburgh Railways Online - A Trolley Car Tragedy". 18 February 2002. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  6. ^ PennDOT begins more work Monday on interchange south of Glenwood Bridge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  7. ^ Pittsburgh Highways: East-West Expressway (Cancelled)
  8. ^ BridgeMapper:Glenwood Bridge

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