The double-decker Fort Pitt Bridge over the Monongahela enters downtown Pittsburgh from the Fort Pitt Tunnels, giving first-time visitors a shockingly spectacular introduction to the skyline as they arrive from the airport. The bridge itself matches the Fort Duquesne Bridge over the Allegheny, framing the Point with bright yellow arches.
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If you haven’t read it, by all means get a copy of Robert C. Alberts’ The Shaping of the Point: Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Park (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980). It’s the definitive history of the redevelopment of the Point, a good mixture of politics and design. Practically everything about the project was innovative, from the laws that condemned private property to private development to the bridge traffic flow that uses the two levels to help manage the complex traffic patterns, to the prestressed concrete arch bridge that gives access to the front of the park. As an added bonus, it’s very well written, with some inspiring passages.
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