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Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge
Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge (1930 and 2009) - Side View.jpg
1930 bridge (left) the day after its closing, with its replacement on the right.
Coordinates 39°44′21″N 79°54′12″W / 39.73917°N 79.90333°W / 39.73917; -79.90333Coordinates: 39°44′21″N 79°54′12″W / 39.73917°N 79.90333°W / 39.73917; -79.90333
Carries PA 88
Crosses Monongahela River
Named for Albert Gallatin
Maintained by PennDOT
Characteristics
Total length 810 ft (250 m)
Width 28 ft (8.5 m)
History
Constructed by Point Marion Bridge Company
Marion Bridge
Marion Bridge, Point Marion.jpg
Side of the bridge
Location Pennsylvania Route 88 over the Monongahela River, Point Marion, Pennsylvania
Area less than one acre
Built 1930
Architectural style Cantilever through truss
MPS Highway Bridges Owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation TR
NRHP reference No. 88000841
Added to NRHP June 22, 1988

The Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge (also known as the Point Marion Bridge) was a cantilever truss bridge that carried vehicular traffic across the Monongahela River in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Built in 1930 to replace a ferry, it connected Point Marion in Fayette County and Dunkard Township in Greene County. It was named in honor of U.S. Senator, and longtime U.S. Treasury Secretary and diplomat Albert Gallatin, whose Friendship Hill homestead is nearby.

History

The original bridge was constructed in 1930 by the Point Marion Bridge Company and rehabilitated in 1976.

It was a historically significant bridge due to the relatively unusual cantilever truss design and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the second oldest bridge of this type in the state.

It was replaced by the new Point Marion Bridge in October 2009. The old bridge was imploded on November 16, 2009.

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