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Jerome Street Bridge
Carries George Lysle Boulevard
Crosses Youghiogheny River
Locale McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Design Arch bridge
Total length 762 ft (232 m)
Clearance below 39 ft (12 m)
Engineering design by George S. Richardson
Opened 1937
Jerome Street Bridge
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Engineer George S. Richardson
MPS Highway Bridges Owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation TR
NRHP reference No. 88000818
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 22, 1988

The Jerome Street Bridge is an arch bridge across the Youghiogheny River connecting the east and west banks of the Pittsburgh industrial suburb of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. It was engineered by George S. Richardson. Originally, an 1880s truss bridge stood on the site. This structure mainly served streetcar traffic and was inadequate for automobiles. A Great Depression-era public works bond was provided to fund the creation of a new auto-centric four-lane highway bridge.

After the city renamed Jerome Street which approached the bridge after incumbent Republican Mayor George Lysle, they proposed that the Youghiogheny crossing receive the same moniker. However, the Franklin Roosevelt administration contended that public works dollars could not be used to memorialize living officeholders. As a result, the Jerome Street designation was chosen, and it remains in place today, although it is sometimes referred to as the Lysle Boulevard Bridge.

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