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URR - Monongahela River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Todd Dillon

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BH Photo #249556

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Street View 

Description 

Former dual-rail bridge that was once used to cross the Monogahela River into Elizbeth, Pa. Now it lays derelict and cut off from any mainlines on that side of the river.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Monogahela River on Former Union Railroad
Location
Clairton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Status
Abandoned
Future prospects
Slated to become part of the Montour Trail
History
Built 1903, abandoned in the 1970s, slated to become part of the Montour Trail1903
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroad
- Pennsylvania Union Railroad (URR)
Design
16-panel, pinned Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 482.0 ft.
Also called
URR - Clairton Coke Works Bridge
URR - Whiely Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.29445, -79.86677   (decimal degrees)
40°17'40" N, 79°52'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/596316/4461054 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
McKeesport
Inventory number
BH 55653 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed date (Thanks Melissa) and corrected truss type
  • September 12, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 17, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • February 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited entry.
  • February 27, 2013: Added by Daniel Hopkins

Sources 

  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

URR - Monongahela River Bridge
Posted February 11, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In making my webpage for the bridge, I found an article that states this bridge was built by American Bridge Company (which didn't exist in 1893) and the article is dated to 1904, so assuming the article was written soon after the bridge's completion, I was assuming a ca. 1904 date. Can anyone confirm, and/or suggest where the 1893 date came from?

https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=p...

URR Monongahela River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this abandoned r.r.bridge?please let me know.thanks.