Bridge to somewhere: Two Pittsburgh communities to be a walk away
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In the spring, new life starts poking its head out of the ground, so it's fitting that, later this month, a new pedestrian bridge to link Shadyside and East Liberty will start coming to life.
The 28-foot-wide foot bridge, a project of the city's Urban Redevelopment Authority, was proposed by East Liberty Development Inc. as a way to connect the Ellsworth Avenue business district with the Eastside shopping district. The next-door neighborhoods are separated by a ravine and the Port Authority's East Busway, and the walkway will cross over both, providing direct access.
The bridge will be a Pittsburgh product, designed by native artist Sheila Klein and featuring thousands of glass sequins made at the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Friendship and railings salvaged from the 31st Street Bridge and restored by Keystone Metals in Larimar.
Footers already have been poured for supports, but the completion date for the bridge is not until Dec. 27. Not all things that take root in spring come into bloom in just one season.
First Published March 8, 2011 12:00 am