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CSX - West Brownsville Junction Bridge

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Photo taken by Todd Dillon

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Description 

This structure is significant for its association with the Pennsylvania Railroad's Brilliant Cut-Off, a bypass through residential neighborhoods around downtown Pittsburgh. The elevated south wye junction, which consists of two curved stone arch viaducts, is an unusual example of the type.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Pennsylvania Petit through truss bridge over Monongahela River on Railroad (NS)
Location
West Brownsville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1912,
Builders
- H.R. Leonard (Designer)
- Lucius Engineering Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Approaches)
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania (Main Span)
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- Monongahela Railroad (MGA)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
Pennsylvania Petit through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 401.0 ft.
Also called
PRR - Monongahela River Bridge (West Brownsville)
Conrail - West Brownsville Junction Bridge
MGA - West Brownsville Junction Bridge
PRR - West Brownsville Junction Bridge
Conrail - Monongahela River Bridge (West Brownsville)
MGA - Monongahela River Bridge (West Brownsville)
CSX - Monongahela River Bridge (West Brownsville)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.03381, -79.87628   (decimal degrees)
40°02'02" N, 79°52'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/595874/4432114 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
California
Inventory number
BH 58891 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 26, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • HAER PA-555 - Pennsylvania Railroad, Brilliant Cut-Off, South Wye, Linden Avenue at Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA
  • HAER PA-556 - Pennsylvania Railroad, West Brownsville Junction Bridge, Spanning Monongahela River, north of U.S. Route 40 Bridge, West Brownsville, Washington County, PA