Penn Bridge Firm started shipping and delivery iron and metal beams to Pittston in March 1914 for building of the new Water Street Bridge spanning the Susquehanna River amongst Pittston and West Pittston.

By mid-April of that 12 months, the stockpile of supplies was ample but weather and higher river levels delayed the precise start out of development until eventually the following month.

“The Drinking water Road Bridge was shut to site visitors yesterday morning at 9 o’clock to commence function on the new structure,” the Evening Information reported May 14, 1914.

It replaced a crumbling wood and iron bridge designed in 1875 below private ownership.

“The outdated bridge about to be razed was erected by the Dupont Bridge Co. (afterwards H2o Street Bridge Co.) in 1875 to switch a bridge of comparable building that had been erected at the same point by the exact company in 1873-74, and that was carried away by the excellent ice flood in the Susquehanna early on the early morning of March 17, 1875, less than a year immediately after its erection,” the Might 14, 1914, Night News claimed.

As motor motor vehicles slowly and gradually changed horses and carriages, the 1875 bridge became a hazard and necessary to be replaced.

Immediately after yrs of protests and court difficulties, private toll bridges spanning the Susquehanna River in the Wyoming Valley arrived under the possession of Luzerne County.

Then, in early 1914, Luzerne County made the decision to replace the 1875 bridge with the framework that stands today.

“On Thursday afternoon, the closing of the old Water Road Bridge at Pittston was marked by a unique ceremony … the last car to cross was occupied by William H. Youthful, now county probation officer, who was toll taker at the outdated bridge for 35 several years, watched two generations cross it and observed that it was held protected and orderly,” the Wilkes-Barre File claimed Could 20, 1914.

Penn Bridge Corporation and sub-contractor P. M. McAvoy have been beneath a limited deadline to have the H2o Avenue Bridge completed by December 1914. Developing the bridge arrived with mishaps, as the Night Information noted a person male was killed and quite a few ended up injured, and personnel who stop took out an arrest warrant on their foul-mouthed manager.

“Five workforce of Contractor McAvoy working on the erection of the new Drinking water Road Bridge at Pittston these days give up their employment and likely in advance of an Alderman had warrants sworn out for the arrest of William Harding, their manager. Harding paid a $3 good and promised to refrain from these types of language in the upcoming,” the Night News claimed Aug. 19, 1914.

The Night News ongoing with the tale, “According to the adult men who are employed at the bridge, Harding has a terrible habit of making use of language that superior Christians refuse to tolerate. The majority of the adult men did not spend awareness to it but the 5 who stop this early morning made a decision that the language should cease and their boss will have to be prosecuted for applying it.”

On Friday, Nov. 13, 1914, Luzerne County formally approved the new Water Avenue Bridge that opened to site visitors that day. Overall cost to build the span was noted by the Night Information to be $100,000.

Within weeks of the 1914 Friday the 13th opening, flaws were noticed.

“One of the principal issues is versus the sidewalk, which slopes 6 inches in some destinations, and another is in regard to bolts being used on the handrails in its place of rivets,” the Evening News described on Might 25, 1915.

Now acknowledged as the Firefighters’ Memorial Bridge, the span that opened far more than 107 yrs in the past has observed its share of harm, closures and repairs by way of the a long time, and has as soon as yet again been closed owing to its dilapidated composition.