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Donora Webster Bridge

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Photo taken by Brian McKee in July 2009

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BH Photo #142482

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Description 

One year has now passed since demolition decision was made; demo was expected to start within that time. http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/02/16/penndot-to-tear-do...

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Monongahela River on PA 1022 in Donora and Rostraver Twp
Location
Donora, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Status
Demolished at 10:00am on 1 July, 2015
History
Built 1906; rehabilitated 1938; closed July 14, 2009; Demolished on 1 July, 2015
Design
four spans are Parker through truss while the longest and center span is a Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 518.1 ft.
Total length: 1,547.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 8.6 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Also called
Ernest Kline Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.18445, -79.85182   (decimal degrees)
40°11'04" N, 79°51'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/597745/4448862 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Donora
Inventory numbers
PA 62 1022 0010 0036 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 88000813 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PANBI 34828 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31756 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2008)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 3.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
3,252

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • July 1, 2015: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is gone- demoed using explosives at 10:00am on 1 July, 2015
  • June 26, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated planned implosion/demolition date for this nationally significant historic bridge.
  • March 26, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • March 26, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed. Added estimated demolition date.
  • March 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info
  • February 14, 2013: Updated by Don Morrison: Fixed position, changed to 5 main spans from 6. Not that it matters: bridge is doomed
  • March 17, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • November 5, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: Changed location of bridge/ updated the bridge types
  • July 22, 2009: New photos from James Baughn
  • July 14, 2009: Updated by Ian Anderson: Bridge now closed
  • July 11, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee

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Comments 

Donora Webster Bridge
Posted July 1, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A shame? That's putting it mildly.

This newspaper was brave enough to interview me about this bridge's demolition. It was nice to be quoted accurately for a change. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/washington/2015/07/01/Dono...

Donora Webster Bridge
Posted July 1, 2015, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

What a shame.

Donora Webster Bridge
Posted July 1, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
Donora Webster Bridge
Posted July 1, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
Donora Webster Bridge
Posted June 26, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Already removed from the google map. This should become a park/museum instead of scrap.

Donora Webster Bridge
Posted March 18, 2015, by Andy Peters (anpete [at] yahoo [dot] com)

March 16, 2015 story in the Wall Street Journal:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/donora-steels-itself-for-the-los...

from the article:

There are few, if any, bridges as long as Donora’s remaining in the U.S. that connect supports using pins rather than rivets, say bridge experts. But its length, including sections that measure more than 180 feet long, make it impractical to relocate.

Donora Webster Bridge
Posted February 12, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Donora Webster Bridge
Posted January 11, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Donora Webster Bridge
Posted August 3, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Donora Webster Bridge
Posted April 29, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The actual Anticipated Notice To Proceed is July 21, 2014. So hopefully the bridge will still be standing when I visit the Pittsburgh area around the 4th of July. I have already photographed the bridge twice... but just need to see it one last time. The demolition of this bridge is an absolute atrocity.

Donora Webster Bridge
Posted April 29, 2014, by K Fischer (jwperson [at] aol [dot] com)

PennDot has this bridge slated for removal with a project letting May 22, 2014. If anyone wants to photograph this bridge before it is gone forever, I suggest it be very soon. Contract calls for salvaging some historical elements of the bridge.

Donora Webster Bridge
Posted March 28, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well what does one know? Sounds all too much like PennDot. With a large collection of historic bridges, they want to throw about all of them away. I've always thought the Pennsylvania truss had to been developed in Pennsylvania. Hadn't looked up anything yet but will after this. Not too many of these large old Pennsylvania trusses left which I think symbolize the state. This will be a huge loss.

Donora Webster Bridge
Posted July 14, 2009, by Ian Anderson (macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com)

Another large and historic truss bridge's fate to be decided by PennDOT, might as well edit the page to say 'Demolished 2010' right now.