Pittsburgh To Hold First Community Meeting For New Davis Avenue Bridge

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 13, 2021) Mayor William Peduto and the Department of Mobility & Infrastructure today announced the first community meeting in preparation for the City of Pittsburgh’s construction of a new Davis Avenue pedestrian and bike bridge from Brighton Heights to historic Riverview Park.  

Mayor Peduto allocated funds in 2019 to begin engineering studies for the project. Following the passage of the American Rescue Plan in 2021, the Mayor allocated additional funds totaling over $4 million dollars to complete this project. This new gap funding joined an additional $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.  

“The North Side has long called for their access to Riverview Park to be restored. A new Davis Avenue Bridge is not just a critical infrastructure project, it dramatically increases the quality of life for our Brighton Heights residents,” said Mayor William Peduto. “I was proud to allocate the funding, but projects like these are not done by the City alone. Without partnerships in Harrisburg and Washington DC, these projects do not happen.”  

The original Davis Avenue Bridge was constructed in 1898 and rehabbed in 1986. The bridge was demolished in May of 2009 due to serious structural deterioration. Since that time, the residents of Brighton Heights and Marshall-Shadeland have had direct access to their regional CitiParks North Side park severely limited. Mayor Peduto, Senator Wayne Fontanta, Representative Emily Kinkead, and Councilman Bobby Wilson collectively worked to provide funding from all three levels of government to fully fund the project.  

“I was proud to advocate for and help bring state funds to this worthwhile project that has been 20 years in the making,” said State Senator Wayne Fontana. “I’m pleased federal, state and city officials were once again able to work together to make this important project come to fruition. Restoring access from Brighton Heights to Riverview Park was a priority for many Brighton Heights residents and I’m excited for the neighborhood."

“When I ran for this office, I made rebuilding the Davis Avenue Bridge, and reconnecting parts of my district that have been separated for more than a decade, a cornerstone of my commitment to advocating for my constituents,” said State Representative Emily Kinkead. “I am proud that my partnership with Councilman Bobby Wilson and Mayor Peduto has paid off for the residents of the Northside. I am ready to get shovels in the ground to reconnect our communities.”  

The project will see the construction of a multi-use pedestrian bridge over Woods Run Avenue and valley. The bridge will seek to emulate its historic predecessor while embracing new technology to minimize construction costs and impacts on the adjacent neighborhoods. In accordance with stakeholder wishes, the bridge will not be vehicular.  

"In August 2021, I was proud to announce that the City of Pittsburgh had committed to spending $2 million to reconstruct the Davis Avenue Bridge,” said Councilman Bobby Wilson. “This bridge will reconnect Brighton Heights, the largest neighborhood on the Northside, to Riverview Park, the largest and only regional park on the Northside. Now, I am looking forward to the first public meeting to learn about the plans and construction timeline of this vital bike and pedestrian bridge in District One."  

The first public community meeting regarding the project is being held by the Department of Mobility & Infrastructure tonight at 6:30 PM on Zoom.  

Zoom Meeting Details 

Date: December 13, 2021, 6:30PM 

Location: Zoom 

Join Zoom Meeting: 

Meeting ID: 875 3725 6614 

Passcode: 636138




James Hill
Special Assistant to the Mayor