Wilksboro Avenue Footbridge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posted by: sherpes
N 40° 29.124 W 080° 02.742
17T E 580879 N 4482071
Quick Description: An old pedestrian metal footbridge over a ravine.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 7:12:22 AM
Waymark Code: WM4FM7
A quaint engineering jewel nestled in the hills of Pittsburgh, the pedestrian bridge was closed in late 2007 by the city's Public Works department because there are no funds available to maintain it.
The bridge is 86 feet high, and 370 feet long. It connects two residential neighborhoods in the Brighton Heights area. In 1890, it cost only $3000 to purchase the steel to build it. Today, it is estimated it would cost $70,000 to demolish it, and $250,000 to paint it. To make things worse, the lead paint coating needs to be removed, and sandblasting it requires containment, thus increasing costs.
The bridge is featured in a book by Bob Regan, "The Bridges of Pittsburgh". In the 1970s, someone tried to drive a volkswagen Beetle, and got stuck in it.
Original Use: Pedestrian
Date Built: 1890
See this website for more information: [Web Link]
Date Abandoned: 2007
Bridge Status - Orphaned or Adopted.: Not listed
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