McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge

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McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge
Coordinates 40°21′28″N 79°50′38″W / 40.3579°N 79.8440°W / 40.3579; -79.8440Coordinates: 40°21′28″N 79°50′38″W / 40.3579°N 79.8440°W / 40.3579; -79.8440
Carries 2 lanes of South Duquesne Avenue
Crosses Monongahela River
Locale McKeesport, Pennsylvania and Duquesne, Pennsylvania
Characteristics
Design Truss bridge
Total length 2,252.1 feet (686.4 m)
Width 38 feet (12 m)
Height 18 feet (5.5 m)
Longest span 382.5 feet (116.6 m)
Piers in water 2
Clearance below 49.1 feet (15.0 m)
History
Engineering design by Vang Construction company
Constructed by American Bridge Company
Opened September 5, 1928

The McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge it is a truss bridge that carries vehicular traffic across the Monongahela River between McKeesport, Pennsylvania and Duquesne, Pennsylvania. The bridge connects Route 837 in Duquesne and Route 148 in McKeesport.

History[edit]

The bridge was planned in 1924 at the order of the Public Service Commission.[1] The costs were apportioned amongst the railroads that were crossed, the local cities and the county.

  • Pennsylvania Railroad $85,000
  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad $262,000
  • Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad $110,200
  • City of McKeesport $105,800
  • City of Duquesne $24,000
  • balance paid by Allegheny County.

The bridge was opened on September 5, 1928 on the same day as the neighboring Clairton-Glassport Bridge.[2]

The bridge is built near the mouth of Crooked Run (Monongahela River); it was near this point in 1755 that General Edward Braddock's forces crossed the Monongahela the first time on their way to what would be known as the Battle of Braddock's Field.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge". Duquesne Times. September 7, 1928. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ "County opens newest spans". Pittsburgh Press. September 6, 1928. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 

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