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Pedestrian Access to The Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pedestrian Access to
The Duquesne Incline
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From/To Downtown Pittsburgh:

Downtown Pittsburgh Scene

In good weather, some people walk between The Duquesne Incline and Downtown Pittsburgh.

To reach the Incline from Downtown, enter Point State Park at one of the two Commonwealth Place entrances(one entrance is opposite the Hilton Hotel at the corner of Commonwealth Drive and Liberty Avenue; the other is opposite the Gateway Tower condominium building at the corner of Commonwealth Drive and Fort Duquesne Boulevard). Proceed past the historic lower remnants of Fort Pitt(original rampart walls of the Music Bastion and Curtain Wall, where the drawbridge was located, constructed between 1759 and 1761 by British Army Artisans under the command of General John Stanwix), site of a major conflict of the French and Indian War. Then, walk across the Portal Bridge(pedestrian bridge which crosses the Reflecting Pool, directly underneath the Interstate 279 highway bridge); after crossing this bridge, immediately turn left(before reaching the Fort Pitt Museum or the Fort Pitt Blockhouse).

Image of Pittsburgh's Fort
Pitt Bridge

At this point, a walkway begins which takes you onto the roof of the Fort Pitt Museum and eventually onto the Fort Pitt Bridge(Penn-Lincoln Parkway West/Interstate 279 south and U.S. routes 22 and 30 west) which crosses the Monongahela River. After crossing the river, this walkway leads onto the sidewalk which runs along West Carson Street. Once reaching West Carson Street, The Duquesne Incline is less than a block further west on the sidewalk; you will easily see the Incline, at this point.

Use the pedestrian bridge, which crosses West Carson Street, to reach the Incline Station(boarding platforms are located on second floor of Station building).


From/To Pittsburgh's North Side:

Image of Pittsburgh's Carnegie
Science Center and Three
Rivers Stadium, with Lower North Side in background.

A new pedestrian walkway, which crosses the Allegheny River along the Fort Duquesne Bridge(Interstate 279 north), now links The Carnegie Science Center and Three Rivers Stadium(with plenty of parking), on the North Shore of the North Side, with Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh. This walkway ends, in Point State Park, directly across the pedestrian plaza from the beginning of the walkway, across the Monongahela River along the Fort Pitt Bridge(Penn-Lincoln Parkway West/Interstate 279 south and U.S. routes 22 and 30 west), which leads to The Duquesne Incline. Hence, there is now a seamless pedestrian route from the Lower North Side directly to The Duquesne Incline.

On the North Side, enter the pedestrian walkway outside of Gate C of Three Rivers Stadium. There is also a walkway entrance point at the parking lot southeast of the Stadium, under the Fort Duquesne Bridge; a series of steps and landings can be used to access the walkway at this point.

Follow the walkway into Point State Park. When the walkway ends, continue down the hill, along a park walkway, until you reach the pedestrian plaza outside of the Fort Pitt Museum and Fort Pitt Blockhouse. Continue straight, towards the Fort Pitt Museum.

Before reaching the Museum, a walkway(to the left of the Museum) begins which takes you onto the roof of the Fort Pitt Museum and eventually onto the Fort Pitt Bridge(Penn-Lincoln Parkway West/Interstate 279 south and U.S. routes 22 and 30 west) which crosses the Monongahela River. After crossing the river, this walkway leads onto the sidewalk which runs along West Carson Street. Once reaching West Carson Street, The Duquesne Incline is less than a block further west on the sidewalk; you will easily see the Incline, at this point.

Use the pedestrian bridge, which crosses West Carson Street, to reach the Incline Station(boarding platforms are located on second floor of Station building).


From/To Station Square and Pittsburgh's South Side:

Walkers, from the South Side, may reach Station Square using the sidewalk along the north side of East Carson Street. Note that there are two tunnels(one pedestrian tunnel and one pedestrian and vehicular tunnel) which permit permit pedestrians to walk under Smithfield Street, to reach the major buildings of Station Square from East Carson Street.

In Station Square, proceed west along the sidewalk, which runs along the Station Square Access Road. This sidewalk runs along the Freight House Shops shopping mall and Commerce Court office building. It then runs along the Station Square parking garage, opposite the Sheraton Hotel. This sidewalk ends at the western wall of the parking garage.

At this point you can walk along the Station Square Access Road, which takes you past parking lots and the "IC Light Amphitheater," which is parallel to West Carson Street. Or, once the sidewalk ends, you can walk along the driveway to West Carson Street, where another sidewalk (on the north side of the street--you do not cross West Carson Street)begins, heading west. Note that there is no sidewalk, along the driveway, from the point where the Station Square Access Road sidewalk ends and the West Carson Street sidewalk begins. Although it is a short distance between these two sidewalks, caution should be observed when walking along this driveway.

If you choose to walk along the Station Square Access Road(which parallels West Carson Street), you should move to the West Carson Street sidewalk before walking under the Fort Pitt Bridge(Penn-Lincoln Parkway West/Interstate 279 south and U.S. routes 22 and 30 west). There is a pedestrian access point, between the Station Square Access Road and the West Carson Street sidewalk, before reaching the Fort Pitt Bridge.

After this sidewalk crosses under the Fort Pitt Bridge, steps will lead to a sidewalk coming from the Fort Pitt Bridge. After crossing the Monongahela River, this Bridge walkway leads onto the sidewalk which runs along West Carson Street. Once reaching West Carson Street, again, The Duquesne Incline is less than a block further west on the sidewalk; you will easily see the Incline, at this point.

Use the pedestrian bridge, which crosses West Carson Street, to reach the Incline Station(boarding platforms are located on second floor of Station building).


From/To Pittsburgh's West End
and the North Side via the West End Bridge:

From the West End business district, walk along South Main Street or Steuben Street to the West End Circle. At this point, use Steuben Street to cross to the walkway from the West End Bridge.

A specially-built walkway, which runs along both sides of the West End Bridge, begins at the West End Bridge's intersection with Western Avenue in Manchester.

Image of Pittsburgh's Carnegie
Science Center.

Another North Side access point, to this walkway(steps), is located on North Point Drive, two blocks northwest of The Carnegie Science Center.

At the south end of the West End Bridge, there are steps leading from both bridge walkways to the sidewalk on the north side of West Carson Street. Walk east on this sidewalk, for about one-half mile(past the long Gateway View Plaza office and warehouse building) to reach The Duquesne Incline.

Use the pedestrian bridge, which crosses West Carson Street, to reach the Incline Station(boarding platforms are located on second floor of Station building).


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