Bridges are some of the most distinct and varied forms of architecture; their unique structure offers endless possibilities for civil engineers and architects to play with their design. Cool bridges always become landmarks of the towns where they are built– below are some of the coolest bridges in the state of Pennsylvania.
1. Pittsburgh: the city of bridges
Pittsburgh is known as the "City of Bridges" Coming in at just under 500, the city has more bridges than any other city in the world, including Venice. Wow.
2. West End Bridge in Pittsburgh
Though we could do an entire post on Pittsburgh bridges, we limited it to three pictures in order to give attention to the rest of the state's bridges. Here we have the West End Bridge cloaked in a layer of fog.
3. Fort Pitt Bridge in Pittsburgh
One of the most popular and frequently travelled bridges in the city of Pittsburgh, here we see Fort Pitt majestically illuminated in front of the city.
4. Phoenix Ironworks Bridge
The trapezoidal Phoenix bridge won't let you cross without stopping to stare.
5. Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia
The Ben Franklin Bridge is a major landmark of Philadelphia.
6. Pond Eddy Bridge
Pond's Eddy Bridge connects New York state with Shohola Township in Pennsylvania.
7. The Bridge of the Country in York
What a peaceful looking bridge in York.
8. Commodore Barry Bridge in Chester
The Commodore Barry Bridge connects the Philadelphia area with New Jersey. We can definitely recommend which side of the bridge to stay on. (Hint: it begins with "P" and ends with "sylvania.")
9. Tunkhannock Viaduct in Nicholson
When the Tunkhannon Viaduct was completed in 1915, it was the largest concrete structure in the world. Fifty years later, it was still the largest concrete bridge in the country. Today, it is still an impressive sight.
10. Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge in Pittsburgh
Let us return to Pittsburgh for a moment in order to admire the Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge. It's a double-decker bridge, even though the bottom deck is unused. The top layer is used for train traffic. The bridge is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
11. Bridge in Sharon
This old rusted bridge in Sharon is closed off, but so beautiful, especially in such a well-executed photograph and on such a bright day.
12. Fairmount Park Aqueduct in Philadelphia
This bridge looks inviting for a thoughtful, solitary stroll. Beware, a troll may jump out and demand a toll. (Just ignore him.)
13. Jonathan Hulton Bridge in Oakmont
This bridge was built in 1908 as the first major bridge built in Allegheny County. Impressive, considering the amount of big bridges there.
14. George D Stuart Bridge in Tarentum
Commonly known as Tarentum Bridge, in this picture the George D Stuart Bridge is cloaked in a mysterious mist.