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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 begin 1925
Construction end 1926
Opened June 17, 1926

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 on June 17, 1926, in a ceremony attended by 2,000.

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.

Duquesne Wharf ca. 1912 Pittsburgh
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, its replacement, began construction in 1884, and was open to traffic by 1887.

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