PART V: Special Reports|
The City and The Allegheny River Bridges
Pittsburgh: Main Thoroughfares and The Down Town District
Frederick Law Olmsted report to The Pittsburgh Civic Commission, 1910
agreeable in appearance than two-span bridges. But the possible gain in appearance alone does not appear sufficient to justify the adoption of three spans.
The next bridge above Ninth Street is that of the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad. This has been constructed with two main piers providing one main central channel 337.5 feet wide and three other piers giving four channels from 155 to 163 feet wide. Owing to the bend in the river at the bridge and the distance above the Ninth Street bridge, there is no valid objection to this single main central channel at the railroad bridge connecting either with two channels divided by the central piers of the bridges below, or with a central channel if those bridges should be reconstructed on the three-span plan.
Paris bridges and boats -- low boats to fit bridges
The Sixteenth Street bridge has been constructed with 3 piers dividing the river into 4 channels of about 150 feet each; the clear head room beneath it is less than that now given by the bridges below it. The best arrangement to be made with this bridge is to require it to be rebuilt without the central pier, leaving a central channel about 320 feet in width between the two side piers to correspond with the railroad bridge just below it. It is an old, covered, wooden bridge, in poor physical condition, and, as previously noted, it is probable that it must be raised anyhow in connection with eliminating railroad grade crossings on the approaches.
The Thirtieth Street bridge has its piers properly spaced to leave a central channel 285 feet in clear width and no changes are required in pier and channel location at this bridge.