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Rochester-Monaca Bridge (1896)


Circa 1907

Old Postcard View


BH Photo #427753


Lost Suspension bridge over Ohio River on 9th Street
Monaca, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1896; Replaced 1930
- Edwin Kirtland Morse of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Probable Designer)
- Penn Bridge Co. of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Wire/cable suspension with spans of 400'; 800'; 416'
Double-intersection Warren through truss approaches
Length of largest span: 800.0 ft.
Total length: 2,280.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 28.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.69471, -80.28107   (decimal degrees)
40°41'41" N, 80°16'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/560741/4505116 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 81558 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added postcards & span lengths
  • April 4, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 23, 2022: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Edwin Kirtland Morse (Probable Designer)
  • February 22, 2022: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Added design type and length
  • February 21, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 11, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builders & date
  • May 10, 2018: Added by Dana and Kay Klein

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Rochester-Monaca Bridge (Older)
Posted February 23, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge was nearly identical to the Steubenville Market Street Bridge and Newell Suspension Bridge, which is why it is likely Edwin Kirtland Morse designed this bridge as well. Also, he was based in Pittsburgh during his consulting engineering portion of his career (this is one of the Morse family members who previously ran Morse Bridge Company of Youngstown).