A Special Souvenir Edition of the Progress News was submitted by one of our readers a few weeks ago. Elizabeth Wentling, 96, of Foxburg, was kind enough to share with us this gem which featured the opening of the “Allegheny River Bridge” in August of 1968.
The opening event featured a parade with the A-C Valley Marching band and dignitaries from all over Pennsylvania and the United States. The bridge remains the highest road bridge in Pennsylvania and has an overall span of 1,668 feet. The bridge is a steel-deck truss bridge that covers parts of 3 counties, Venango, Clarion and Butler. While the bridge was a great connector along the I-80 corridor it surely did not help the local communities that once had an influx of visitors from all over the country. Prior to the construction of the bridge, traffic would flow in and out of the area which resulted in dollars spent in the local communities.
A special thanks to Elizabeth for sharing this with us and our readers. And thanks to Alan Slaughenhoupt for the special delivery and his sister Linda Mahood who discovered this special issue of The Progress News.