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Point Bridge (1927)


Charles W. Shane, Photographer, April 1970. North Portal

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #314052



This bridge, the second to be built near this site, was erected to replace the original; the old bridge was demolished shortly after completion of the new bridge. The second Point Bridge was constructed by the Ft. Pitt Bridge Works of Pittsburgh - total length, 1330 feet with approaches. The main span for river clearance was 430 feet long, and the deck held a 38-foot roadway. It was a cantilever, arch-truss construction with a suspended central span. Although closed in 1959, it was not demolished until eleven years later.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Through truss bridge over Monongahela River
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge and later removed
Built 1927; Replaced and closed 1959; Demolished 1970
- Dravo Contracting Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Substructure)
- Fort Pitt Bridge Works of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- George S. Richardson (Chief Engineer)
- Sprague & Henwood, Inc of Scranton, Pennsylvania (Geotechnical Engineers)
- Stanley L. Rousch (Architect)
Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 430.0 ft.
Total length: 1,330.0 ft.
Deck width: 38.0 ft.
Also called
Point Bridge II
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.44037, -80.01298   (decimal degrees)
40°26'25" N, 80°00'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/583708/4477103 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pittsburgh West
Inventory number
BH 65582 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 28, 2015: New video from Dave King
  • September 27, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 14, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added to builders section
  • January 18, 2015: Added by Dave King

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