Boston Bridge

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Boston Bridge
Boston Bridge 2014.jpg
Photo of the Boston Bridge, McKeesport Pa taken by Matthew Zilic Sept 2014
Carries PA 48
Crosses Youghiogheny River
Locale Versailles and Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania
Design cantilever bridge
Total length 1181 f
Width 30 ft
Opened 1931

The Boston Bridge is a structure that crosses the Youghiogheny River between Versailles and Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania. Its name is derived from the Massachusetts city only indirectly: the bridge is named for the Boston neighborhood of Elizabeth Township, which in turn was named for the New England city.

The bridge, which opened in 1931, carries Pennsylvania Route 48 on two relatively narrow lanes. Many of its features were carefully preserved during a 1989 rehabilitation, down to its original pedestrian railings. Designed entirely for vehicular traffic, the structure changed the future of Elizabeth Township; the lack of streetcar tracks led to the adandonment of a line that served the then-rural community's small industrial settlements, while the newfound ease of access for motorists to the area's manufacturing regions opened up the township to suburbanization.


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Coordinates: 40°18′46″N 79°49′42″W / 40.3128°N 79.8283°W / 40.3128; -79.8283