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WLE - Speers Bridge


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Photo taken by James Baughn in July 2009


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K-deck truss bridge over the Monongahela River on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway between Belle Vernon and Speers
Belle Vernon, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and Washington County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1930
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
- Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway (P&WV)
- Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (1990) (WLE)
K-deck truss
Total length: 2,900.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Also called
WLE - Monongahela River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12751, -79.87914   (decimal degrees)
40°07'39" N, 79°52'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/595498/4442511 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 38550 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2020: New photos from Jason Smith
  • July 19, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Build date
  • July 16, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad", "Railroad"
  • July 22, 2009: New photos from James Baughn
  • January 21, 2009: Added by Ian Anderson


  • Ian Anderson - macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Todd Wilson
  • Speers Railroad Bridge (K-truss) - Description of the deck truss bridge but part of a bigger topic on K-truss bridges in the US and beyond.
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com


WLE - Speers Bridge
Posted April 15, 2019, by jerome crosson (storytellerjmc [at] aol [dot] com)

One source indicates this bridge was built with single rr track at top chord, and another ( never used ) at lower chord.

Belle Vernon Railroad Bridge
Posted July 29, 2009, by Ian Anderson (macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com)

It appears this bridge- at least the main spans, could serve as a double-decked rail bridge. There are floorbeams on both the top and bottom chords, and the bracing matches that of a through truss. I'm not saying it has as it seems doubtful, but it looks to have been designed for it.

Belle Vernon Railroad Bridge
Posted June 26, 2009, by Ian Anderson (macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a site with some post card views of this bridge, the newer I-70 bridge and the old Belle Vernon truss bridge: