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Speers Railroad Bridge

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Speers Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: August 2007 and August 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over Monongahela River
Location
Belle Vernon and Speers: Washington County, Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Rivet-Connected K-Truss Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge along with the similar and nearby Banning Railroad Bridge, are extremely rare examples of a K-truss bridge. The K-truss was regionally more common, such as in the state of Oklahoma, which had a standard plan for a K-truss. No such plan ever existed in Pennsylvania, and as such, this is an extremely rare bridge. In addition, it is noteworthy as a deck truss version of this type. Finally, the bridge itself is similar both large and massive, and it is significant in this regard as well, representing a significant engineering project.

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