'David McCullough Day' announced in Allegheny County

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It's going to be a good day for David McCullough, the nationally recognized historian and son of Pittsburgh.

It's his 80th birthday. This afternoon, the 16th Street Bridge will be renamed after him.

And to top it off, Allegheny County Council has declared today "David McCullough Day."

16th Street Bridge renamed after David McCullough

Hundreds gathered at the Heinz History Center for the renaming of the 16th Street Bridge after David McCullough. Mr. McCullough also celebrated his 80th birthday. (Video by Nate Guidry; 7/7/2013)

"Allegheny County is proud of the accomplishments of Mr. McCullough and the fact that he is a native son," read the council's resolution, signed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and council president Charles Martoni. "He has been a true friend and advocate of the engineering profession through his works that are informative and inspiring to his many readers."

County workers will close the 16th Street Bridge at 11 a.m., with the dedication beginning at 2 p.m. Visitors are welcome to stop by Mr. McCullough's birthday celebration afterward at the Heinz History Center, though his subsequent speech is sold out.

Your first chance to drive across the David McCullough Bridge starts when it when it re-opens at 5 p.m.

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Andrew McGill: amcgill@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1497. First Published July 7, 2013 2:00 PM


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