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Pittsburgh is a city of unique personalities and entertaining stories.  The same can be said about its transportation history.  Pittsburgh is more than the "City of Bridges."  It is said throughout the region that "you can't get there from here." And perhaps it's true. 

However, it is all those quirks, those idiosyncracies, the leftovers, the plans that never were, that make Pittsburgh's transportation history so unique.  The SWPA Roads Project tells those stories from the mundane to the colorful, the obscure and the controversial, and all of those in between.

Ride The Belt System: Uniquely Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Belt System is a post-World War II relic that connected the seemingly endless municipalities within the county.
  • Orange Belt - The Longest - and the one I grew up on
  • Yellow Belt - The perfect Day Trip Belt
  • Green Belt - In Development
  • Blue Belt - In Development
  • Red Belt - In Development
City Beautiful Boulevards and More: They are the Boulevards we all know and love (or complain about) by name.
The Pittsburgh That Could Have Been: The endless proposals and plans for highways and transit that just never came to be.
Unique Stories:
Gone or Completely Forgotten: Abandoned, torn down, or just plain forgotten about 
Highway Histories:
Interstate 70:

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