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West End Bridge
West End Bridge From West End Overlook.jpg
Coordinates 40°26′47″N 80°01′37″W / 40.44631°N 80.02699°W / 40.44631; -80.02699Coordinates: 40°26′47″N 80°01′37″W / 40.44631°N 80.02699°W / 40.44631; -80.02699
Carries 4 lanes of US 19
Two Pedestrian Walkways
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Official name Allegheny County Bridge No 3 Ohio River
Other name(s) West End-North Side Bridge
Maintained by PennDOT
Characteristics
Design Bowstring arch bridge
Material steel
Total length 1,978.75 feet (603.12 m)
Width 755.0 feet (230.1 m)
Longest span 780 feet (240 m)
Piers in water 1
Clearance below 66 feet (20 m);73 feet (22 m) (When built)
History
Construction cost $3,640,000
Opened December 2, 1932
Statistics
Daily traffic 32,000
Designated: 1979
Designated: 2001

The West End Bridge is a steel bowstring arch bridge over the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, approximately one mile below the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. The bridge was built from 1930 to 1932 primarily by the American Bridge Company (superstructure) and the Foundation Company (substructure) and was the world's first to use tied-arch technology on a large scale. It connects the West End to the Chateau neighborhood on the North Side of Pittsburgh. The bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and the List of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks in 2001. As of 2016, the bridge and its surrounding approaches are undergoing some major reconstruction.

The Riverlife Task Force conducted a competition in the spring of 2006 to design a pedestrian bridge across the Ohio attached to the West End Bridge. The goal of the competition was to create an iconic architectural element which ties both shore neighborhoods with the waterfronts while eliminating the need for pedestrians to cross traffic lanes and empty lots. The winning design was submitted by Endres Ware (now Endrestudio) in association with OLIN, Ammann & Whitney, Auerbach Glasow, and RWDI.

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