Charleroi-Monessen Bridge facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsJohn K. Tener Memorial Bridge
The Charleroi-Monessen Bridge, officially the John K. Tener Memorial Bridge, is a two lane structure spanning the Monongahela River. The bridge connects North Charleroi in Washington County, Pennsylvania and Monessen in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The structure connects Route 88 on the west bank of the river and Route 906 on the east side. The bridge, which opened in 2013, replaced a 1906 structure. The original bridge was closed in 2009 due to structural deficiency.
Construction delays caused the original December 2012 projected opening date to be pushed back to June 29, 2013. The Pennsylvania Legislature voted to name the new bridge after Mon Valley native John Tener, a former U.S. Representative and state governor. Tener, an ex-professional baseball player who organized the first congressional baseball game, owned the Mercantile Bridge Company, which designed the original bridge that connected the two cities. .
The original Charleroi-Monessen Bridge in Summer 1997
|Location||LR 247 over Monongahela River, Monessen, Pennsylvania|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Emil Swensson; Mercantile Bridge Co.|
|Architectural style||Multiple span PA truss|
|MPS||Highway Bridges Owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation TR|
|NRHP reference No.||88000812|
|Added to NRHP||June 22, 1988|
The 1906 bridge, a three-span steel truss structure, was imploded shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2011. The new bridge was constructed in its place.
The 1906 bridge was designated as a historic bridge by the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation.
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