Senator Robert D. Fleming Bridge

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Senator Robert D. Fleming Bridge
Senator Robert D. Fleming Bridge.jpg
Other name(s) 62nd Street Bridge
Carries 4 lanes of PA 8 (62nd Street)
Crosses Allegheny River
Locale Pittsburgh and Sharpsburg
ID number 02-0008-0180-0048[1]
Design cantilever Warren Truss bridge
Longest span 370 feet (110 m)
Clearance below 51 feet (16 m)
Constructed by American Bridge Company
Opened July 1, 1962
Coordinates 40°29′28″N 79°56′17″W / 40.4912°N 79.9381°W / 40.4912; -79.9381Coordinates: 40°29′28″N 79°56′17″W / 40.4912°N 79.9381°W / 40.4912; -79.9381

The Senator Robert D. Fleming Bridge, commonly known as the 62nd Street Bridge, is a truss bridge that carries Pennsylvania Route 8 across the Allegheny River between the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Stanton Heights and Sharpsburg.

History[edit]

The Allegheny was first crossed at this point by a wooden bridge, built in 1856. This was replaced by the Sharpsburg Bridge in 1901, which was itself replaced in 1962, as it was deemed too narrow for the traffic volume that it carried.

The current bridge was completed on July 1, 1962 and is named for Robert D. Fleming, a former Republican Pennsylvania State Senator whose district featured portions of Pittsburgh's northeastern suburbs. It was built alongside and just upstream from the old bridge and consists of sixteen individual spans, including a 1,054 feet (321 m) long four span truss channel unit, with a 400 feet (120 m) span over the river and a 494 feet (151 m) three span girder section with a 227 feet (69 m) central span over the railroad.[2]

A 200 feet (61 m) section of the bridge buckled when the Crescent Supply Co. warehouse beneath it was destroyed by fire on May 28, 1981.[3] The bridge was finally reopened in January 1983.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (2007). "PA Highway Bridges". Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  2. ^ The American Bridge Company. "Robert D. Fleming (62nd Street) Bridge". Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ "62nd Street Bridge Repairs Near Completion". The Pittsburgh Press. January 7, 1983. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 

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