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Steubenville Railroad Bridge

Steubenville Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 12, 2009 and August 2010
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over Ohio River
Steubenville and Weirton: Jefferson County, Ohio and Brooke County, West Virginia: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous Rivet-Connected Baltimore Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1926 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
571 Feet (174.04 Meters)
Structure Length
2011 Feet (612.95 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Although it looks like a cantilever truss bridge, this bridge is actually an impressive and important continuous truss bridge. Visually it is noted for its short towers over the piers, which are only slightly higher than the rest of the bridge.

Thanks to William Neale for providing a lead to the historical article about this bridge. Alan Hall, a Steubenville resident provided the following information by email in 2006:

Between the Market Street and Fort Steuben Bridges is the NS RR Bridge, a massive structure built in 1926 with 1909 approaches on the site of an 1865 bridge (reuses one pier).  It handled the Pennsylvania RR Main Line, the Panhandle route until downgraded by Conrail.  Today it is a dead end to industry on the WV side.  The 1926 structure was constructed around the previous bridge, maintaining rail traffic except for one day required to switch-over.


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