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Donald R. Lobaugh Bridge

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Carries  4 lanes of PA 356
Other name(s)  Freeport Bridge
Design  cantilever bridge
Clearance below  14 m
Bridge type  Cantilever bridge
Body of water  Allegheny River
Crosses  Allegheny River
Maintained by  PennDOT District 12-0
Opened  1965
Location  Buffalo Township
Material  Steel
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Locale  Buffalo Township and Allegheny Township
Similar  George D Stuart Bridge, Jonathon Hulton Bridge, Harrison Hills Park, 33rd Street Railroad Bridge, David McCullough Bridge

The Donald R. Lobaugh Bridge (commonly known as the Freeport Bridge) is a cantilever bridge that carries vehicular traffic across the Allegheny River between both Buffalo and Allegheny townships in Pennsylvania.

History

Built in 1965, the bridge marks the boundary between suburban Pittsburgh and the more rural Upper Allegheny. The structure replaced the 1889 Garvers Ferry Bridge, which was extremely deteriorated by the 1950s and that was nearly destroyed in a 1959 barge collision. The bridge's namesake is Donald R. Lobaugh, a Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.

The bridge was listed as having a poor deck and substructure and having serious deterioration of its superstructure before having $5 million of emergency steel repairs in 2006/2007. Before the repairs the weight limit was 3 tons; this was increased to the legal load of 40 tons after the repairs.

The bridge is maintained by Pennsylvania Department of Transport 12-0 and was rehabilitated over a period from 2010 to 2013.

References

Donald R. Lobaugh Bridge Wikipedia


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