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McKeesport Connecting Railroad Bridge

McKeesport Connecting Railroad Bridge
View from upstream in 1973
Other name(s) Riverton Bridge
Carries Great Allegheny Passage
Crosses Monongahela River
Locale McKeesport, Pennsylvania and West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Design Truss bridge
Longest span 324 feet (99 m)
Clearance below 49.2 feet (15.0 m)
Opened 1890
Coordinates

The McKeesport Connecting Railroad Bridge is a bridge that spans the Monongahela River between McKeesport, and Duquesne, PA

History

The bridge connected the U.S. Steel Duquesne Works and the National Tube Works in McKeesport and was used by Pennsylvania Union Railroad which is owned and operated by Transtar, Inc., the railroad division of U.S. Steel. In the late 1950s/early 1960s the large blast furnace Dorothy (named for the U.S. Steel president's wife) was built to supply steel to both plants, replacing many smaller furnaces. In the 1980s, during the decline of the American steel industry, both mills were closed and razed. The Bridge remained unused for several years, until 2007, when it became part of the Great Allegheny Passage[1] bike trail from the C&O Canel in Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh PA. The bridge is next to the McKeesport - Duquesne vehicular bridge.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Great Allegheny Passage". 2010. 


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