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Old Brownsville Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #125942

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

The Old Brownsville Bridge's 519'-0"-long Pennsylvania truss spans the Monongahela River between Brownsville and West Brownsville. The bridge is heavily constructed of built-up members and eye-bars, and is a significant landmark in the city of Brownsville. Built jointly by Fayette and Washington counties, the bridge was considered an engineering marvel in its time. It was built along the route of old U.S. Route 40, the former National Road. The Old Brownsville Bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Monongahela River in West Brownsville
Location
West Brownsville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1914; rehabilitated 1987
Builders
- Chaney & Armstrong of Washington, Pennsylvania (Designer)
- Crossan Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Fort Pitt Bridge Works of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Railroad
- West Penn Railways
Design
Pin-connected, 20-panel Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 520.0 ft.
Total length: 944.9 ft.
Deck width: 22.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.02333, -79.89167   (decimal degrees)
40°01'24" N, 79°53'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/594575/4430935 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
California
Inventory numbers
PA 62 2067 0010 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 88000834 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PANBI 35024 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31771 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2009)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 57.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
2,749

Update Log 

  • December 24, 2016: New photo from Mike Piontka
  • October 23, 2016: New photos from Ben Tate
  • May 11, 2010: New Street View added by Nick Brnot
  • October 13, 2008: New photos from James Baughn

Sources 

  • HAER PA-472 - Old Brownsville Bridge, Spanning Monongahela River & Water Street at State Route 2067, Brownsville, Fayette County, PA
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Todd Wilson
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Piontka

Comments 

Old Brownsville Bridge
Posted October 26, 2016, by Mike Piontka (Spginc [at] comcast [dot] net)

1883 Lithograph of Brownsville, PA, showing the covered bridge connecting Brownsville with West Brownsville, PA.