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Fort Pitt Tunnel

Photos 

NE portal

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in May 2016

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BH Photo #357889

Map 

Description 

The Fort Pitt Tunnel carries Interstate 376 (Interstate 279 prior to June 10, 2009), US 22, US 30, and US 19 Truck between Downtown Pittsburgh and its West End neighborhood in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It has two lanes both inbound and outbound. The tunnel travels beneath Mount Washington. Its northern ramps lead directly to the double-deck Fort Pitt Bridge. To mesh with the bridge, the North portal has openings at two levels, with the eastern opening leading to the top deck of the bridge. At the South portal the openings are at the same level. "FORT PITT TUNNEL" is mounted in small letters on a grey marblestone frame-like entranceway above the South portal, with large letters used in the North portal frame. Before entering the tunnel at its southwest end, one sees a commonplace view of Western Pennsylvania's rolling green hills, but upon exiting at the northeast end, one sees a spectacular view of Pittsburgh's skyline, cited by the New York Times as "the best way to enter an American city".

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel on I-376/US-22/US-30 Penn Lincoln Parkway West
Location
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1960
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 3,614.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.43447, -80.01972   (decimal degrees)
40°26'04" N, 80°01'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/583144/4476442 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pittsburgh West
Inventory number
BH 58046 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • July 7, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • September 17, 2013: Added by Michael Miller

Sources 

  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Daniel Barnes