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Riverton Bridge

McKeesport Connecting Railroad Bridge

Riverton Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 30, 2014, and October 2, 2021

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Key Facts

Location
Duquesne and McKeesport: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Pin-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1891 By Builder/Contractor: Pencoyd Iron Works of Pencoyd, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2008
Main Span Length
340 Feet (103.6 Meters)
Structure Length
1,570 Feet (478.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an impressive railroad bridge that is noted for its two large spans that are excellent examples of late 19th Century pin-connected railroad trusses. The northern span is one panel longer than the southern span. There are also deck truss approach spans as well as deck plate girder approach spans. There apparently was also a Warren truss approach span which has been demolished and replaced, when the bridge was converted for use by pedestrians. Additionally, a new approach ramp was built at the southern end of the bridge to accommodate the pedestrian usage. The ramp runs eastward up to the level of the original bridge deck, meeting the original bridge deck at a 90 degree angle.

Typical of railroad bridges of this period, the bridge features heavy-duty, massive members, and large numbers of eyebar bundles in many of the bottom chord connections.

The bridge was built by the Pencoyd Bridge and Construction Company, which was part of the the Pencoyd Iron Works.

The bridge is a good example of preservation and reuse of a historic railroad truss bridge.


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