Bridges to Nowhere – for now
THE WEST END BRIDGE ADDITION FOR PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
The international competition, sponsored by ALCOA, for the West End Bridge Addition over the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was held in 2006. Endres Ware’s winning design for a new pedestrian crossing to be connected to the historic Bridge over the Ohio River respected the existing bridge while
updating the structure with a dramatic suspended bridge that will improve access for pedestrians, cyclists, and boaters to new recreation and park facilities.
There are two access points for the bridge. One is a ramp on the bridge addition that runs down to the park ground below. The other is from the historic bridge at its westernmost tower. Pedestrian and bike lanes run from there along the south side of the bridge until they reach the shore.
For Riverlife, the organization that managed the competition, the West End Bridge project is a top priority, and although funding for the bridge during the slow economy has been tricky, 70% of the work on the surrounding park lands has been completed, and hope for the rest is growing.