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Clairton Coke Works Bridge

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Clairton Coke Works Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 20, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Abandoned Union Railroad) Over Monongahela River
Location
Clairton: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal 16 Panel Pin-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1903 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
498 Feet (152 Meters)
Structure Length
1,154 Feet (352 Meters)
Roadway Width
28 Feet (8.53 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This massive bridge is noted for its very long 500 foot main span, 500 foot between center of piers and 498 foot between center of truss pins. It also is noted for its unusual design. The main span was designed with the ability to have an upper deck added at a later date. However, this upper deck was never added. The bridge was also designed with a width that would allow for double track, but it only ever served a single track. As such, the main span of this bridge has only served at a quarter of its potential capacity. Some sources indicate this bridge was built in 1893, but an article found by HistoricBridges.org and further research assistance from Melissa Brand-Welch confirmed that the bridge was in fact built in 1903.

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