Carrie Furnace Hot Metal Bridge

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This article is about the rail bridge between Rankin and Whitaker. For the Pittsburgh bridge, see Hot Metal Bridge.
Carrie Furnace Hot Metal Bridge
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Bridge with Carrie Furnace visible
Official name Rankin Hot Metal Bridge #35
Other name(s) Union Railroad Rankin Hot Metal Bridge #35
Carries Union Railroad (Pittsburgh)
Crosses Monongahela River
Locale Whitaker, Pennsylvania and Rankin, Pennsylvania
Design Truss bridge
Material steel
Longest span 483 feet (147 m)
Piers in water 3
Clearance below 50.8 feet (15.5 m)
Opened 1900
Coordinates 40°24′31″N 79°53′09″W / 40.4087°N 79.8857°W / 40.4087; -79.8857Coordinates: 40°24′31″N 79°53′09″W / 40.4087°N 79.8857°W / 40.4087; -79.8857

The Carrie Furnace Hot Metal Bridge (also known as the Union Railroad Rankin Hot Metal Bridge #35) is a railroad truss bridge across the Monongahela River between Whitaker, Pennsylvania and Rankin, Pennsylvania. The bridge is used by Union Railroad which is owned and operated by Transtar, Inc., a subsidiary of the United States Steel Corporation.

History[edit]

The bridge was built to carry freight between Whitaker and the USS Carrie Furnace, with the downstream line shielded for the use of hot metal trains.[1] Currently owned by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

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