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.
- Allegheny River Boulevard - Pittsburgh's Blunder Boulevard
- Ohio River Boulevard - The Grand Highway
- Saw Mill Run Boulevard
- William Flinn Highway - Pittsburgh's misspelled highway
The Pittsburgh That Could Have Been: The endless proposals and plans for highways and transit that just never came to be.
- The New 48 - Eastern Allegheny County's Unbuilt Freeway
- The Many Failed Plans of the Wabash Tunnel and Bridge
- The Bigelow Boulevard / Crosstown Expressway Ghost Ramp
- The Numerous Ghost Ramp Stubs around Pittsburgh International Airport - Unbuilt freeway extensions and interchanges.
Gone or Completely Forgotten: Abandoned, torn down, or just plain forgotten about
- Abandoned Greater Pittsburgh International Airport Terminal
- Twin Rivers Scenic Road - A Mon Valley Mystery
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