Charleroi-Monessen Bridge

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John K. Tener Memorial Bridge
Replaces Charleroi-Monessen Bridge

The Charleroi-Monessen Bridge, officially the John K. Tener Memorial Bridge, is a two lane structure spanning the Monongahela River. The bridge connects North Charleroi in Washington County, Pennsylvania and Monessen in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The structure connects Route 88 on the west bank of the river and Route 906 on the east side. The bridge, which opened in 2013, replaced a 1906 structure. The original bridge was closed in 2009 due to structural deficiency.

Current bridge[edit]

Construction delays caused the original December 2012 projected opening date to be pushed back to June 29, 2013.[citation needed] The Pennsylvania Legislature voted to name the new bridge after John Tener, a former state governor and Mon Valley native; Tener's Mercantile Bridge Company designed the original bridge that connected the two cities. [1].

Previous bridge[edit]

Charleroi-Monessen Bridge
Charleroi-Monessen Bridge.jpg
The original Charleroi-Monessen Bridge in Summer 1997
Charleroi-Monessen Bridge is located in Pennsylvania
Charleroi-Monessen Bridge
Location LR 247 over Monongahela River, Monessen, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°9′6″N 79°54′15″W / 40.15167°N 79.90417°W / 40.15167; -79.90417Coordinates: 40°9′6″N 79°54′15″W / 40.15167°N 79.90417°W / 40.15167; -79.90417
Area less than one acre
Built 1906
Architect Emil Swensson; Mercantile Bridge Co.
Architectural style Multiple span PA truss
Governing body State
MPS Highway Bridges Owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation TR
NRHP Reference # 88000812[1]
Added to NRHP June 22, 1988

The 1906 bridge, a three-span steel truss structure, was imploded shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2011. The new bridge was constructed in its place[vague].

The 1906 bridge was designated as a historic bridge by the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Charleroi-Monessen Bridge". Landmark Registry - Bridges. Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 

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