The Donora-Monessen Bridge, officially known as the Stan Musial Bridge, is a truss bridge that carries vehicular traffic across the Monongahela River between Donora, Pennsylvania and Monessen, Pennsylvania. The bridge was built in 1972, as part of a 1960s-era project to increase access to the industrial Monongahela Valley through a semi-freeway connection to Interstate 70. However, the decline of the steel sector halted area road construction, and the entire project was not completed until 1989. The road was originally named for former State Engineer C. Vance DeiCas.[2]

Donora-Monessen Bridge
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Coordinates40°09′45″N 79°51′41″W / 40.1625°N 79.8615°W / 40.1625; -79.8615Coordinates: 40°09′45″N 79°51′41″W / 40.1625°N 79.8615°W / 40.1625; -79.8615
Carries4 divided lanes of SR 1022
CrossesMonongahela River
LocaleDonora, Pennsylvania and Monessen, Pennsylvania
Official nameStan Musial Bridge
Characteristics
DesignTruss bridge
Materialsteel
Total length2,141.1 feet (652.6 m)
Width75.5 feet (23.0 m)
Longest span680.2 feet (207.3 m)[1][permanent dead link]
Piers in water2
History
Opened1972

In 2011, a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to rename the structure for Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial, a Donora native. Effective January 8, 2012, Musial's name adorned the bridge.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Senate Passes Bill Naming Local Bridge for 'Stan the Man' Musial". Office of Tim Solobay. 2011-05-24. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03.