Famous as the "best way to enter an American city," motorists travelling from the West on I-279 are given no visual cues regarding their nearness to downtown Pittsburgh as they enter the Fort Pitt Tunnels. Emerging from the portal, the Golden Triangle suddenly bursts into view framed by the yellow crossbracing of the bridge's arch.|
The Fort Pitt Bridge and Tunnels were instrumental in linking the city with the suburbs to the south. The Parkway West extends all the way to the airport and on to Beaver Falls. This was just another of the major transportation upgrades that made Pittsburgh a much more accessible city for the suburban commuter. Its contributions to the development of the southern reaches of the metropolitan area rival those of the Liberty Bridge and Tunnels over thirty years before. The Fort Pitt Bridge, the first with a double deck, opened to traffic on June 19, 1959.