P&LE McKeesport Bridge

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P&LE McKeesport Bridge
Carries CSX Keystone Subdivision
Crosses Youghiogheny River
Locale McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Design Truss bridge
Total length 781 feet
Clearance below 31 ft
Opened 1968

The P&LE McKeesport Bridge is a truss bridge across the Youghiogheny River connecting the east and west banks of the Pittsburgh industrial suburb of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. In 1968, the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad untook a major construction project in conjunction with the B&O Railroad to clear tracks from downtown McKeesport. These tracks caused traffic congestion and posed a safety hazard. As a result, both this bridge and the nearby P&LE Liberty Boro Bridge were created to direct rail traffic to the west bank of the river, which featured a less confusing street grid.

Before the construction of this structure, an elaborate 1881 bridge stood on the site, which connected two P&LE lines. With both the P&LE and B&O having ceased operations, the structure currently serves the Pittsburgh-to-Cumberland, Maryland CSX Keystone Subdivision.


Coordinates: 40°21′04″N 79°52′13″W / 40.351031°N 79.870253°W / 40.351031; -79.870253