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The Gardner Avenue Bridge over the Shenango River was severely damaged during the Flood of March 1913. A portion of it was repaired and put back in use – but only as a “temporary” measure. Discussions between local and state officials of replacing the old bridge dragged on for the next decade. Funding for a new bridge, which would cost $517,800, was finally arranged in March 1923 and construction efforts began a few months later. The work was done by the Independent Bridge Company of Pittsburgh. The new Mahoning Avenue Viaduct (seen behind P&LE railroad bridge) was dedicated on Thursday, December 18, 1924. It was often referred to as the new Gardner Avenue Bridge for quite some time. The old Gardner Avenue Bridge, once located just to the north, was torn down in 1925. (c1935) (Courtesy of Sherry Slater) Full Size
Same photo as above – this one marked to show the location of the bridges. (c1935) (Courtesy of Sherry Slater)
The plaque attached to the bridge back in 1923. I noticed this heavy duty item went missing from the bridge within the last few years. (c1988)
The salvage yard just north of the Mahoning Avenue Viaduct once contained numerous railroad tracks heading into the industrial heart of New Castle. (c2012)
The viaduct was closed to traffic in April 1986 and underwent a major rehabilitation effort that lasted five months. It was reopened on August 30, 1986. (Aug 2015) Full Size
(Aug 2015) Full Size