Input sought on future of Charles Anderson Bridge

Map showing Charles Anderson Bridge

If the Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge, located on the Boulevard of the Allies as it crosses Junction Hollow into Schenley Park, is on your commute, you might want to voice your opinion now on what a rehabbed or reconstructed bridge needs to include.

The cantilever truss bridge, which was completed in 1940, has been deemed structurally deficient, Karina Ricks, director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure,

told a University Senate committee earlier this year. The design process will proceed carefully, looking at whether rehab of the historic bridge is possible, but she said, “It’s not looking so great right now.”

Some of the issues the design will consider are the width of the bridge, which is below current standards, along with better accommodations for bikes and pedestrians.

Olszak Consulting is seeking community and stakeholder opinions on their needs and interests related to the Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge Project.

An online survey asks participants to respond to issues, such as:

  • The importance of the bridge as it relates to public transportation.

  • Concerns about other issues for transportation operations related to the bridge (such as signals, future detours or corridor management)? 

  • Bicycle or pedestrian use of the bridge. 

Deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 15.

— Susan Jones