The Roberto Clemente Bridge, also known as the Sixth Street Bridge, is situated right next to the famous PNC Park. It spans the width of the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh. It is one of three parallel bridges called The Three Sisters, and it is one of the only self-anchored suspension bridges built in the United States. Apart from its architecture, it is famous amongst tourists and patrons of the PNC Park for the marvellous view of the Allegheny River below.
The Sixth Street Bridge was built in 1859, and the original bridge was suspended with wire hangers. Eventually, due to heavier traffic and bigger loads, the bridge was rebuilt, made wider and more rigid in 1892. During games, when the bridge is open only to pedestrians, the area comes alive! You can feast on some delicious snacks from vendors on the downtown edge of the bridge, and if you’re lucky, run into some talented street musicians as well.
- The bridge is named after famous Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player and local legend, Roberto Clemente.
- When PNC Park was built, a statue of Roberto Clemente, originally erected at Three Rivers Stadium, was placed at the southeast corner of the park, right at the north anchorage of the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
The Roberto Clemente Bridge provides for a fantastic view, which you can enjoy before or after watching a game at the PNC Park. Don’t forget to take a stroll down the ridge when you’re in the neighbourhood for some great photo opportunities!
Roberto Clemente Bridge Travel Tips
- The bridge can become quite busy during peak hours.
- The bridge is closed off to vehicles before and during games at the nearby PNC Park. However, pedestrian walkways are still active.
How to Reach Roberto Clemente Bridge
- Bus No. 71D stops at 5th & Shady, Bus No. 500 stops at 5th & Highland. The 54C takes you to the north side.
- The Gateway Clipper Fleet provides shuttle service from the Station Square Dock to all Pittsburgh Pirates home games at PNC Park, right next to Roberto Clemente Bridge.
- Atria’s Restaurant & Tavern
- Vincent’s Pizza
- Dominic’s Famous Deli
- BZ’s Bar & Grill
- Mullen’s Bar & Grill
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7.73% of people who visit Pittsburgh include Roberto Clemente Bridge in their plan
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62.5% of people start their Roberto Clemente Bridge visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Roberto Clemente Bridge
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Roberto Clemente Bridge
Roberto Clemente Bridge Reviews & Ratings
Went for the Picklesburgh festival. Such a great time, lots of fun and exciting vendors with everything pickle. Awesome to find a hot sauce vendor in the middle of it all too. Pulled pork sliders with the Pittsburgh pickle company pickle spear were delicious. Will definitely plan on making an attempt to come back next year.
This bridge can be accessed from Point State Park. There's a wide pedestrian walkway, easily shared with bicyclists. Ramps on both sides provide access, even for wheelchairs. From the bridge you get great views of the city and the rivers. Watch for the riverboats going by. There's some noise from vehicular traffic on the bridge, but not bad. On the north Allegheny River side you have access to another walkway going along the river downstream to the next bridge, about a mile, passing Heinz Field, along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Or you can walk upriver, passing PNC Park.
I don't know how to rate a bridge, but as far as walk ability, this is my go-to when headed to work.
Visited for Picklesburg - great time on the bridge as you get a different view of the city.
Very nice to walk across from city side to see statue of Roberto Clemente.