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OFFICIAL NAME:
West End Bridge
Allegheny County Bridge No 3 Ohio River

OTHER DESIGNATION:
West End - North Side Bridge
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LOCATION:
Pittsburgh

USGS 7.5" Topo Quad - UTM Coordinates:
Pittsburgh West - Zone 17; 0582 4477
CARRIES:
US 19, SR0019; two lanes each direction

Pedestrian walkways on both upstream and downstream sides

BETWEEN:
-- PA65, US19, Beaver Av, Chateau St, Western Av, Reedsdale St
-- PA837 West Carson St at West End Circle; PA60; PA51

CROSSES:
-- PA65, Ridge Av
-- Ohio River at Mile 1.0
-- CSX RR, PA837 West Carson St
TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION / DESIGN:
steel trussed through tied arch, steel cable suspenders

LENGTH OF MAIN SPAN:
780 ft (755.0 ft horizontal clearance channel span)

TOTAL LENGTH (including longest elevated ramp):
1978.75 ft before removal of four approach trusses

Spans as originally constructed (south to north): 89.75 ft deck girder, 155.00 ft warren pony truss, 140.75 ft warren pony truss, 145.25 warren pony truss, 780 ft tied trussed arch, 178.25 warren pony truss, 157.25 warren pony truss, 157.25 ft warren pony truss, 175.25 ft warren pony truss

Northern four pony trusses removed for construction of new ramps connecting Beaver Av Expressway and North Shore Expressway.



HEIGHT OF DECK:
66.3 ft
Emsworth Dam normal pool level 710 ft

YEAR ERECTED / ENGINEER:
1930-32, County of Allegheny
ADDITIONAL INFO:

Mounted on the doorway of each entry pylon, a plaque reads:

ALLEGHENY COUNTY
WEST END BRIDGE
NO. 3 OHIO RIVER
ERECTED 1931-1932

DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS
DIRECTOR 1931 NORMAN F. BROWN
DIRECTOR 1932 F. J. CHESTER
CHIEF ENGINEER V. R. COVELL

RIVER MASONRY AND NORTH APPROACH
FOUNDATION COMPANY

SUPERSTRUCTURE AMERICAN BRIDGE COMPANY

PAVING SUPERSTRUCTURE AND NORTH APPROACH
HARRISON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

NORTH APPROACH R. H. CUNNINGHAM & SONS COMPANY



Facing traffic at the top of each entry pylon, a stone relief panel reads:

ALLEGHENY COUNTY
WEST END BRIDGE
ERECTED 1931-1932

COMMISSIONERS
JOS. G. ARMSTRONG 1931   E. V. BABCOCK 1931
CHAS. C. McGOVERN 1931-1932
W. D. MANSFIELD 1932   C. M. BARR 1932
CONTROLLER ROBERT G. WOODSIDE



On the northeastern pylon, a small plaque reads:

THE OUTSTANDING
CIVIL ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
PITTSBURGH, PA - 1991

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (logo)

THE WEST END BRIDGE REHABILITATION PROJECT
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - DISTRICT 11-0

PRESENTED BY THE PITTSBURGH SECTION - ASCE



view page -- Historic American Engineering Record (PA-96-01) article.

view page - Other structures in the West End Valley

FIELD CHECKED:
22-Jun-2000

INFO SOURCES:
USACE Ohio River Nav. Charts; HAER


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Last modified: 31-May-2002

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