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Shippingport Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 1, 2014

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
PA-168 Over Ohio River and Railroad (Norfolk Southern)
Location
Shippingport and Midland: Beaver County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous (Arched) 20 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Continuous Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1961 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
620.0 Feet (189 Meters)
Structure Length
1,616.0 Feet (492.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.14 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s) and 3 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
3593

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This bridge is a late example of a riveted truss bridge, having been built around less than ten years before rivets generally ceased to be used in new bridge construction. The bridge is however noteworthy as a rare (and visually pleasing) variety of continuous truss bridge, which features an arched design, where a deck truss approach transitions into a through truss for the central span. Unlike some examples of this bridge type, this one does not require a suspended deck.

The details of this bridge, particularly the portal bracing are similar to the Monaca - East Rochester Bridge. Based on the plan sheets for this bridge, it appears that with the Shippingport Bridge, the structure was designed by the state, but with some consulting engineering assistance from Michael Baker. Michael Baker also was a consulting engineer for the Monaca - East Rochester Bridge.

This bridge is located next to a nuclear power plant, and although the bridge has nothing to do with this and the bridge is on a public road, there are all sorts of threatening signs saying that parking, and even stopping on the bridge is forbidden. Locals indicated that anyone seen walking on the bridge and taking photos would likely receive an unwelcome visit from police in short order. It is sad that nobody can really enjoy this bridge just because it has the misfortune to be located in an area where constitutional freedoms come to a screeching halt. As a result, on-bridge photo documentation is limited for this bridge, although GoPro CarCam photos are available.

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CarCam: Southbound Crossing

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Note: The downloadable high quality version of this video (available on the video page) is well worth the download since it offers excellent 1080 HD detail and is vastly more impressive than the compressed streaming video. Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.

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