This bridge was among the most beautiful of the state-designed metal truss bridges in Pennsylvania. What made this bridge special? It has more v-lacing and lattice than many of the similarly sized state-designed truss bridges in Pennsylvania. In fact this bridge is covered in v-lacing and lattice... all members are built-up and have either v-lacing or lattice somewhere on them. The v-lacing and lattice was part of a utilitarian method of making larger beams out of smaller parts, but it also has an aesthetic quality formed from the geometric repetition it produces. The bridge was also attractive for its arch-shaped Parker truss configuration. The Historic Bridge Inventory, as usual, condemned this bridge as "not historic" as it did with all state-designed standard truss bridges, even bridges like this one that varied from the more common standard plan truss bridges. Either way, this bridge should have been maintained/preserved on aesthetic grounds alone. The bridge was a beautiful and essential part of the northwestern Pennsylvania landscape. It also was a nice addition to a roadway that many people travel daily. Unfortunately, the only thing this bridge got was a death sentence to the scrap yard.
Note that this bridge also had some plate girder spans at the northern end that carry it over some rail lines. They were generally undistinguished, and hidden by modern railings, but added some variety to the bridge.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 4-span, 480'-long bridge built in 1936 consists of three, 70'-long, built-up thru girder approach spans and a 270'-long, riveted, Parker thru truss span over the river. The bridge is supported on concrete piers and concrete abutments with wingwalls. The trusses are traditionally composed, and there are no innovative or distinctive details. The cantilevered sidewalk is finished with standard design metal railings. The bridge was designed by the state highway department bridge division and fabricated by in state builder Fort Pitt Bridge Works. Neither the bridge nor its setting are historically or technologically significant.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a two-lane road with shoulders and a sidewalk over the Mahoning River and two CSXT (formerly the B&O Railroad) tracks at the north end of the bridge in a sparsely developed, wooded setting in the village of Edinburg.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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