Pittsburgh has the Three Sisters Bridges with the 6th, 7th, and 9th Street bridges, but I think it should also have the Twin Brothers Bridges with the Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne (see post) bridges. The two Fort bridges look very much alike as I think my featured images for the bridges show. The roadway connecting them across the Point further suggests a close relationship between the bridges as do the names themselves.
To be honest, I had not been looking forward to my walk across the Fort Pitt Bridge. It carries a freeway and the southern end connects to a highway and dirt. Last spring I was at a conference at a downtown hotel and overheard a hotel employee giving directions to some out-of-town visitors to the Duquesne Incline, which involved crossing the Fort Pitt Bridge and walking along West Carson Street. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I didn’t understand why anyone would send a tourist along that route, as you always want to show tourists the best side of a city. If the tourists had asked me, I would have sent them across the Smithfield Street Bridge and up the Monongahela Incline. Then I would have recommended they walk along Grandview Avenue to the observation platform by the Duquesne Incline as it provides a more iconic view of the city.
After walking the route across the Fort Pitt Bridge to the Duquesne Incline myself, I don’t feel so bad about tourists being sent on it. It wasn’t that bad of a walk and the view from the top is one of the best in the city.
I’ve probably made it quite clear by now that I really don’t like the fenced in bridges. (See for instance thee Busway Bridges posts for Shadyside, East Liberty, and Millvale Avenue.) The Fort Pitt Bridge sidewalk is wide and open, though the traffic is a little loud and it might have been hard to hear if I had wanted to have a conversation with a walking buddy. The worst part was the stretch pictured above alongside the Fort Pitt Museum.
I enjoyed the views from the bridge as I never see the city from this angle. It certainly does not present the most exciting view of the downtown buildings, but that was one of my goals with this project—to see all the views of downtown.
While crossing the bridge, I realized that I never spend any time on the Monongahela side of the Point. I’m not sure why, but I always end up on the Allegheny side (or at the tip of the Point before it was under construction) when I come to the park. This made me realize I really need to explore Point State Park more as the Monongahela side looks quite pleasant.
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