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Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Bridge

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Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 3, 2006 and November 1, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Pittsburgh and and Lake Erie) Over Shenango River
Location
New Castle: Lawrence County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Pin-Connected Whipple Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
235 Feet (71.63 Meters)
Structure Length
370 Feet (112.78 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Situated on a Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad line, this railroad bridge is a breathtaking pin connected truss bridge, and is very tall. As a surviving pin-connected Whipple railroad truss bridge, it is a very rare and highly significant historic bridge. The two span bridge also has a smaller Pratt through truss span as well. The bridge features an ornate portal bracing design, something not often seen in railroad bridges. This difficult to photo bridge is visible from the nearby Mahoning Avenue Viaduct.

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