C.L. Schmitt Bridge

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C.L. Schmitt Bridge
Carries 2 lanes of traffic
Crosses Allegheny River
Locale New Kensington and East Deer Township
Other name(s) New Kensington Bridge
Design Truss bridge
Material steel
Total length 460.2 metres (1,510 ft)
Longest span 350 feet (110 m)
No. of spans 3
Piers in water 2
Clearance below 49.8 feet (15.2 m)
Opened 1927

The C.L. Schmitt Bridge (commonly known as the New Kensington Bridge or the Ninth Street Bridge) is a truss bridge that carries vehicular traffic across the Allegheny River between New Kensington and East Deer Township, Pennsylvania in the United States.


The bridge was constructed in 1927 to connect Route 56, which has its terminus on the New Kensington side of the bridge, and Route 28, the major westbank artery. Today, Route 28 has become a freeway, and the former highway is known as Freeport Road. The bridge is named for former Democratic State Senator C.L. Schmitt, who represented a suburban and rural district on the eastbank of the Allegheny and who is considered the father of consumer protection laws.

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Coordinates: 40°33′51″N 79°46′20″W / 40.5642°N 79.7723°W / 40.5642; -79.7723