The W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge, commonly known as the Dravosburg Bridge, is a cantilever bridge that carries vehicular traffic across the Monongahela River between McKeesport, Pennsylvania and Dravosburg, Pennsylvania. It is a high-level bridge, passing over railyard, industrial sites, and Route 837, to connect Fifth Avenue in McKeesport and Richland Avenue in Dravosburg.

W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge
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The William D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge spans the Monongahela River between McKeesport and Dravosburg, PA. This photo was taken from the McKeesport bank of the river.
Coordinates40°20′43″N 79°53′08″W / 40.3452°N 79.8856°W / 40.3452; -79.8856Coordinates: 40°20′43″N 79°53′08″W / 40.3452°N 79.8856°W / 40.3452; -79.8856
Carries4 divided lanes of traffic
CrossesMonongahela River
LocaleMcKeesport, Pennsylvania and Dravosburg, Pennsylvania
Other name(s)Dravosburg Bridge
Characteristics
DesignCantilever bridge
Longest span480.0 feet (146 m)
Clearance below65.3 feet (19.9 m)
History
Opened1951

HistoryEdit

This structure replaced the low-level 1889 Dravosburg-Reynoldton Bridge. The steel from the Wabash Bridge (Pittsburgh), demolished in 1948, was used in the construction of this bridge.[1]

As built, the Mansfield Bridge carried trolley tracks of Pittsburgh Railways route 56 McKeesport via 2nd Avenue. The trolley line was replaced by a bus on September 5, 1963.

The bridge is named for McKeesport politician William D. Mansfield, who served as an Allegheny County Commissioner and later as a State Senator.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bennett, Joe (June 5, 1977). "Pittsburgh's Hard-Luck Bridge". The Pittsburgh Press Roto. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Togyer, Jason (May 3, 2013). "Hey, Answer Person: Who Was William D. Mansfield?". Tube City Almanac. McKeesport, Penna.: Tube City Online. Retrieved July 7, 2018.