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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

  • 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