Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge

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Coordinates: 39°44′21″N 79°54′12″W / 39.73917°N 79.90333°W / 39.73917; -79.90333
Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge
Point Marion Bridge [1]
Cantilever bridge
Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge (1930 and 2009) - Side View.jpg
1930 bridge (left) the day after its closing, with its replacement on the right.
named for: Albert Gallatin
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Counties Fayette, Greene
Municipality Point Marion
Road PA 88 2 lanes
 - Sidewalk both sides
Crosses Monongahela River
Coordinates 39°44′21″N 79°54′12″W / 39.73917°N 79.90333°W / 39.73917; -79.90333
Length 810 ft (247 m)
 - truss spans 740 ft (226 m)
Width 28 ft (9 m)
 - roadway 19.7 ft (6 m)
Builder Point Marion Bridge Company
Design cantilever through truss
Material Steel
Built 1930
 - Demolished November 16, 2009 [2]
Maintained by PennDOT
Location of the Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Wikimedia Commons: Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge
Marion Bridge
Marion Bridge, Point Marion.jpg
Side of the bridge
Location Pennsylvania Route 88 over the Monongahela River, Point Marion, Pennsylvania
Area less than one acre
Built 1930
Architectural style Cantilever through truss
Governing body State
MPS Highway Bridges Owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation TR
NRHP Reference # 88000841[3]
Added to NRHP June 22, 1988

The Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge (also known as the Point Marion Bridge[1]) was a cantilever truss bridge that carried vehicular traffic across the Monongahela River in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Built in 1930 to replace a ferry,[4] it connected Point Marion in Fayette County and Dunkard Township in Greene County. It was named in honor of U.S. Senator, and longtime U.S. Treasury Secretary and diplomat Albert Gallatin, whose Friendship Hill homestead is nearby.

History[edit]

The original bridge was constructed in 1930 by the Point Marion Bridge Company and rehabilitated in 1976.[5]

It was a historically significant bridge due to the relatively unusual cantilever truss design and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the second oldest bridge of this type in the state.[6]

It was replaced by the new Point Marion Bridge in October 2009.[1] The old bridge was imploded on November 16, 2009.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jon Schmitz (October 23, 2009). "Officials dedicate new bridge - Parker truss span replaces structure labeled worst in the state". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Old bridge at Point Marion brought down in controlled implosion". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 16, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Point Marion Bridge Interpretive Panel". Cultural Heritage Research Services. Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Point Marion Bridge - Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge". 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Canary Systems - Project Profile – Bridge Abutment Construction Monitoring". Spring 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2010.