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View south from Bridge St, Sharpsburg

photo of bridge Elevation drawing looking downstream

OFFICIAL NAME:
Senator Robert D. Fleming Bridge

OTHER DESIGNATION:
62nd Street Bridge
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LOCATION:
Pittsburgh - Etna

USGS 7.5" Topo Quad - UTM Coordinates:
Pittsburgh East - Zone 17; 0589 4482
CARRIES:
motor vehicles, four lanes divided; PA8 [SR0008]; joins with 62nd Street at Butler St

BETWEEN:
-- ramps to PA28 [Alexander H. Lindsay Memorial Highway] and Bridge St (Etna) on right descending bank of Allegheny River
-- Butler St (Pittsburgh) on left descending bank of Allegheny River

CROSSES:
-- (north to south) Allegheny River at mile 5.4
TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION / DESIGN:
Steel subdivided Warren deck truss

LENGTH OF MAIN SPAN:
370 ft channel span

TOTAL LENGTH (including longest elevated ramp):


HEIGHT OF DECK:
50 ft clearance
Emsworth Dam normal pool level 710 ft

YEAR ERECTED / ENGINEER:
1962, Parsons Brinckerhoff

PennDOT, current owner

ADDITIONAL INFO:
Replaced the metal through truss Sharpsburg Bridge. A bridge is shown at this location on maps as old as 1876. The Belgian block section of Bridge St hugs the downstream side of the current bridge, crosses the railroad track and ends at the remnants of the abutment with concrete steps to the downstream side. This area is shown in the photo. Under one of the concrete bents of the current bridge there is a collection of rough hewn stones which may have been part of the old piers.

62nd Street is the last numbered street in a grid which began at the Point in Pittsburgh and extends along the Allegheny River through the Strip District and Lawrenceville (Arsenal). Read more about the numbered streets in the notes about Pittsburgh Street Names.

Older Belgian block streets curve around and under either side of the southern entrance to the bridge from Butler St. The older bridges were built at a lower deck height and these streets presumably led to the older spans.

Robert D. Fleming (b. 1903) of Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Sharpsburg, Allegheny County, Pa., March 8, 1903. Republican. Member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1938-50; member of Pennsylvania state senate, 1950-?; candidate for Pennsylvania state treasurer, 1964; President Pro Tempore of the Senate (PA), 1967-1971; Senate Floor Leader (R), 1971-1972. Resolution 154 expressing condolences on the passing of Sen. Fleming adopted by PA Senate, Sept. 21, 1994.

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INFO SOURCES:
USACE Allegheny River Nav. Charts; PA Legislature website; "Political Graveyard"


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