One day, while overlooking the city of Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington, I set myself the goal of walking all the bridges in Pittsburgh. It is said that Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city in the world including Venice. The current count of Pittsburgh’s non-railroad bridges longer than 8 feet is 446. Perhaps my goal is a bit too ambitious, but I intend to give it a shot. By the end of the summer, I intend to document walks over the 20 bridges on the three rivers (Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio) within the city limits as well as many of the land bridges in the city between the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers.
From the bridges I have walked so far, I am fascinated by two things. First, I find the diversity of viewpoints on the city engaging, from the beautiful views of the bridges connected to downtown to the underbelly views seen on bridges scattered throughout the city including the Highland Park (see June 10 post) and Bloomfield (see Aug 18 post) bridges. In addition, I am gaining a greater awareness and appreciation for the geography of the city through this project. Attempting to identify the numerous bridges is forcing me to reconsider parts of the city that I have taken for granted through over-familiarity. Heths Run Bridge is an example of this (see May 31 and June 9 post).