HistoricBridges.org Menu: HistoricBridges.org Menu:


We Recommend These Resources:
Bach Steel - Experts at historic truss bridge restoration.

HistoricBridges.org: Bridge Browser

West Newton Bridge

West Newton Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: August 1, 2007

View Photos
and Videos
View Maps
and Links

Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Main Street (PA-136) Over Youghiogheny River
Location
West Newton: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1907 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1984
Main Span Length
160 Feet (48.8 Meters)
Structure Length
490 Feet (149.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
23 Feet (7.01 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
640136005019380

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)
View Information About HSR Ratings

Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

One of the things that makes small towns in Pennsylvania unique is the historic through truss bridges that often are present on the main road into town over the river. These bridges act as very impressive gateways into the communities which they connect and are a climactic way to inform travelers that they were entering or leaving a community. The West Newton Bridge is a perfect example of this. It should be in the interest of West Newton to ensure that this bridge is preserved because the bridge is a major asset to the aesthetic qualities of the town.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 3 span, 490' long and 22.9' wide, pin-connected, Parker thru truss is supported on ashlar abutments with wingwalls. The 160' long trusses are traditionally composed, and the floor beams are built up. The bridge appears to be complete. The stringers were replaced in 1958. The bridge is historically and technologically significant as a complete example of its design, which is not common in the state. Details that are not original to the bridge are the beam guide rail inside the truss lines and the metal fence-like railings on the cantilevered sidewalk.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane street (Main Street) and one sidewalk over the Youghiogheny River in the borough of West Newton. Main Street may have historic district potential, but the bridge would be beyond and not part of it. The area on the west side of the bridge is dominated by modern commercial development.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

Divider

Photo Galleries and Videos: West Newton Bridge

 
View Photo Gallery
Bridge Photo-Documentation
A collection of overview and detail photos. This photo gallery contains a combination of Original Size photos and Mobile Optimized photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer

Divider

Maps and Links: West Newton Bridge

Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):

View Bridge Location In:

Bridgehunter.com: View listed bridges within a half mile of this bridge.

Bridgehunter.com: View listed bridges within 10 miles of this bridge.

Google Maps

Google Streetview (If Available)

Bing Maps

OpenStreetMap

Apple Maps (Via DuckDuckGo Search)

Apple Maps (Apple devices only)

MapQuest

HERE We Go Maps

ACME Mapper

Waze Map

Android: Open Location In Your Map or GPS App

Flickr Gallery (Find Nearby Photos)

Wikimedia Commons (Find Nearby Photos)

Directions Via Sygic For Android

Directions Via Sygic For iOS and Android Dolphin Browser

USGS National Map (United States Only)

Historical USGS Topo Maps (United States Only)

CalTopo Maps (United States Only)


Divider
 
Home Top

Divider

About - Contact

© Copyright 2003-2021, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.

Admin Login

Divider