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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