McCullough Bridge Dedication Event Closures, Detours & Details


PITTSBURGH – Re-dedication ceremonies for the Sixteenth Street Bridge, which has been renamed the David McCullough Bridge, will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013 on the occasion of Mr. McCullough’s 80th birthday. The event will be held on the bridge at 16th Street and Penn Avenue, in the Strip District, and is open to the public.  It will be followed by a birthday celebration at the Senator John Heinz History Center, which is also free and open to the public. 

Due to the event, the bridge will be closed beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 7 and is expected to re-open by 5:00 p.m.  If the bridge can be re-opened earlier, an advisory will be sent to the media at that time.   

During the temporary bridge closing, Port Authority will detour the 54 North Side-Oakland-South Side route, which normally crosses the bridge.  Starting at 11:00 a.m., buses instead will use the Rachel Carson Bridge. The detour route, from the North Side, will follow Cedar Avenue, Anderson Street, over the Rachel Carson Bridge, 10th Street Bypass, Penn Avenue, 16th Street, Liberty Avenue. It will follow the same route in the reverse direction. During this time, the following five stops will not be served by the 54:  East Ohio at Middle, East Ohio at James, East Ohio at 16th, 16th at Progress, 16th at Penn.  The 54 will resume its regular route after the bridge reopens. 

Tickets to the 4 p.m. talk by Mr. McCullough on “Bridging the Past and Present” have been sold out. 

In the event of rain, the dedication will still occur on the bridge, but the ceremony will move to underneath a tent.  If there is a thunderstorm, the ceremony will move to the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center and notice will be given through the media. 

The schedule for the day’s celebrations include: 


11:00 AM



2:00 PM

Bridge Closes to Vehicular & Pedestrian Traffic
Port Authority 54 Bus Route Begins Detour 

Re-Dedication of the 16th Street Bridge as the David McCullough Bridge

On the bridge, 16th Street and Penn Avenue in the Strip District

Free and Open to the Public
Music performed by River City Brass

Limited Seating Available – Standing Room Only 

3:00 PM

David McCullough Birthday Celebration

Heinz History Center – First Floor Great Hall

Free and Open to the Public – Includes free admission to all exhibitions

Music performed by Shady Side Academy Jazz Combo
Birthday cake and cupcakes provided by Vanilla Pastry Studio 

4:00 PM




5:00 PM

David McCullough’s Reflections – “Bridging the Past and Present”

Heinz History Center – Fifth Floor Mueller Education Center

This Event is SOLD OUT 

Bridge Re-Opens to Vehicular & Pedestrian Traffic

Port Authority 54 Bus Route Resumes Regular Route


Media are invited to participate in the bridge dedication ceremony, but are asked to RSVP in advance so that appropriate space can be provided and arrangements can be made for any necessary access for television vans. Mr. McCullough will not be taking questions or doing interviews at the dedication, but media availability will be held at the Heinz History Center from 3:30-3:45 p.m.  Media is asked to check in near the Museum Shop, 1st floor at the History Center, and will be directed to the appropriate room.  Again, an RSVP is requested to ensure appropriate access. 

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