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Sewickley Bridge 1911

Ohio River Bridge No. 1, as it was officially called, stretched from Rt 65 (Ohio River Blvd.) in Sewickley, PA to Rt 51 at the junction of Coraopolis, PA, and Moon Twp, PA.  The bridge opened September 19, 1911 to much aplomb.  Fort Pitt Bridge Works built this lattice-beam cantilever truss, which finally closed on May 14, 1980. It was demolished to make way for a newer, modern structure.

the old sewickley bridge

  • Opened: September 19, 1911
  • Closed: May 14, 1980
  • Design: lattice-beam cantilever truss
  • Builder: Fort Pitt Bridge Works
  • Official Name: "Ohio River Bridge No. 1"
  • Demolished


July 21, 1909

  • 1909-07-24 The Weekly Herald (Sewickley Herald) Bridge Celebration, pages 6, 7, 12
  • 1909-07-17 The Weekly Herald (Sewickley Herald) Program for Bridge-Day, page 4
  • 1909-07-17 The Weekly Herald (Sewickley Herald) Turning the First Sod, page 12
  • 1909-07-22 The Coraopolis Record, Big Crowd at Sewickley (vol IV, No21, p1)
  • 1909-07-22 The Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, Breaking Ground for $500,000 Bridge, page 2
  • 1909-07-18 The Pittsbugh Sunday Post, Attractive Program for Groundbreaking, page 6
  • 1909-07-22 The Pittsburgh Post, Learn of Big Plans, pages 1-2


grand opening

September 19, 1911

Opening of the Coraopolis-Sewickley Bridge Sep 19, 1911 (Moon Township Historical Society)







The four finials spires from the original bridge still exist and are displayed at:

  • The Coraopolis Public Library
  • Park at Broad St and Walnut in Sewickley
  • The old Sewickley train station at Chadwick and Chestnut St
  • Station Square

Photos by Maiden City Snapshots


engineering plans