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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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