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Brady Street Bridge


View Showing River Piers From The Northeast

Photo taken by Jack E. Boucher for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #314030



The Brady Street Bridge, contracted by the Schultz Bridge & Iron Co. of Pittsburgh, was a steel-riveted, through-highway bridge. The structure consisted of a tied arch for the central span with a suspended deck, and two through-trusses for the side spans. The bridge was the second to be owned by the city and the first free bridge in Pittsburgh.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Through truss bridge over Monongahela River on South 22nd Street
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1896; Demolished 1978
- Shultz Bridge & Iron Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Through truss
Also called
South Twenty-Second Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.43393, -79.97426   (decimal degrees)
40°26'02" N, 79°58'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/587000/4476425 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pittsburgh East
Inventory number
BH 65581 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2015: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER PA-3 - Brady Street Bridge, Spanning Monongahela River at South Twenty-second Street, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA


Brady Street Bridge
Posted September 28, 2015, by jayhawk

I imagine that the variability in materials quality had quit a bit to do with the amount of material used in a bridge like this. Today we can produce steel with little variability from batch to batch and be extremely certain of the material properties. In 1896 you had to make each member stronger to make sure you didn't get one a little bit weaker than the others.

Brady Street Bridge
Posted September 28, 2015, by Carolyn Susor (susorcar [at] yahoo [dot] comn)

I don't think I've ever seen such huge & heavily-built bridges as in Pittsburgh. Probably because there was ample iron & steel available from the mills at the time? Anyway, these monsters were truly engineering marvels & sadly, are gone forever. Thanks for the memories!