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1927 Recycled Bridge

The (3rd) Pittsburgh Sixth Street Bridge was floated down the Ohio River to Coraopolis, PA where it connected Coraopolis to Neville Island from 1927-1986.  Fabricated by Union Bridge Company and engineered by Theodore Cooper, this steel through truss was listed on the National Register of Historic Places

No. 2 Ohio river back channel BRIDGE

ERECTED 1926-1928

The "Recycled" Sixth Street Bridge

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  • In Use: 1927-1986
  • Originally constructed: 1892
    • Formerly the (3rd) Pittsburgh Sixth Street Bridge
    • connected St. Clair St. (6th St, downtown) to Federal Street (North Shore), crossing Allegheny River
  • Relocation:
    • Commenced January 1, 1927
    • Relocated by: The Foundation Company
    • Bridge was separated into 4 sections and placed on barges
    • Two Warren pony approach trusses (fabricated by American Bridge) were added to span the railroad by Farris Engineering
    • Open to streetcar and one-way traffic October 5, 1927
    • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony October 31, 2015
    • Total Cost of relocation and re-erection: $800,000
  • Engineer: Theodore Cooper
  • Fabricator: Union Bridge Company
  • Design: steel through truss, two spans
  • Length: 2 main spans of 439.0 ft each
  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, January 7, 1986
    • early large-scale use of steel in creating heavy truss bridges
    • adaptability/versatility of steel bridge demonstrated by relocation
    • details such as handrails, lamps, and fascia designed by prominent Engineer Theodore Cooper and produced by Jackson Architectural Iron Works of New York
  • Demolished

original 6th street bridge in pittsburgh

Sixth Street Bridge in Pittsburgh, prior to being relocated to Coraopolis (replaced by the Clemente Bridge)

transporting the bridge

Completed bridge in place. You can see the old Montour Bridge in the background.

Completed bridge in place. You can see the old Montour Bridge in the background.

Traffic returns to the completed bridge

Traffic returns to the completed bridge