Rubber Duck fever makes for Downtown gridlock around Point State Park

What do you get when you combine the Penguins, the Panthers and a giant Rubber Duck?

A massive Downtown traffic jam.

Thousands are streaming towards Point State Park this afternoon to catch a glimpse of the giant Rubber Duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. The 40-foot inflated duck, situated at the confluence of the Allegheny and Ohio rivers, departs tomorrow night at 11 p.m.

Visitors duck in to say farewell to a giant

Even as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced plans to remove the giant rubber duck from its Allegheny River perch, visitors were still flocking to Point State Park to bid a fond farewell. (Video by Doug Oster; 10/18/2013)

Traffic on streets near Point State Park had slowed considerably. On Commonwealth Place, traffic was backed up onto the Fort Duquesne Bridge off-ramp.

Traffic on the Fort Pitt Bridge inbound was moving slowly, but moving nonetheless.

The gridlock may only get worse. The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the midst of an afternoon game against the Vancouver Canucks at Consol Energy Center. In college football, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers are scheduled to kick off against Old Dominion University at 7 p.m. at Heinz Field on the North Shore.

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Moriah Balingit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published October 19, 2013 11:12 AM


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