Throwback Thursday: Constructing the Judge J. Frank Graff Bridge in Armstrong County
February 27, 2020 08:00 AM
The Judge J. Frank Graff Bridge is a truss bridge that carries SR 422 and SR 28 across the Allegheny River, connecting Manor Township and North Buffalo Township.
The bridge is 2,708 feet in length. It was constructed in 1974 as part of a freeway bypass of Kittanning, Pennsylvania, allowing much-needed economic growth within Armstrong County.
The structure is named for Frank Graff, an Armstrong County Court of Common Pleas Judge who later rose to become a member of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In 1915, his career began in Kittanning as a lawyer before he was called to fight in Germany in World War I where he saw heavy combat. Upon returning to his hometown, Graff went on to run and win the a seat on the Court of Common Pleas in Armstrong County, which he held for almost 50 years. His is one of the longest judicial tenures ever to be held in the state.
This year marks the 46-year anniversary of the bridge's completion.