Bridge between Monessen, North Charleroi reopens after 4-year rehab

by: Chris Buckley, TribLIVE Updated:

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. —

A bridge spanning the Monongahela River between Monessen and North Charleroi opened to traffic on Saturday for the first time in four years.

The bridge, renamed since its closure for former Gov. John K. Tener, opened in a dedication ceremony in the middle of the span.

The highlight of the dedication was the wedding of Robecca Novtone of Monessen and Michael Castner of North Charleroi. North Charleroi Mayor Lee Hall officiated the wedding.

The former Charleroi-Monessen Bridge closed on Feb. 19, 2009, after an inspection revealed deterioration in the first 200-foot span closest to Monessen.

Built in 1907, the bridge was rehabilitated shortly after World War II and again in 1986.

This article was written by Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE.