HistoricBridges.org Menu: HistoricBridges.org Menu:

Divider

HistoricBridges.org: Bridge Browser

Advertisements:
Bach Steel - Experts at historic truss bridge restoration.

Divider

Layton Bridge

   


Layton Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: August 2007 and July 6, 2014
View Photos
and Videos
View Maps
and Links

Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Layton Road Over Youghiogheny River
Location
Near Layton: Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Combination Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1899 By Builder/Contractor: Pencoyd Iron Works of Pencoyd, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1984
Main Span Length
181 Feet (55.2 Meters)
Structure Length
911 Feet (277.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (4 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 15 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
264038011000000

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

View the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Historic Bridge.

 

Pennsylvania is a state that is unlike any other in terms of historic bridges. Bridges like the Layton Bridge are largely the reason. Pennsylvania features bridges like the Layton Bridge that are truly unique and so beautiful they can take your breath away when you see them for the first time. The Layton Bridge itself is spectacular, but its beautiful natural setting, along with the incredible brick and rock tunnel that is next to the bridge make the setting unlike anything encountered anywhere else. The skewed bridge is very impressive to cross, and the tunnel only adds to the experience. However, the bridge is even more unusual when viewed from the rail-trail that passes under the bridge. This is because this bridge features an unusual design, where the deck runs through the middle of the truss web rather than along the bottom. Thus, the bridge is as much a deck truss as a through truss.

The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which recognizes its extremely rare deck configuration. It is also noteworthy for association with an uncommon bridge company. The skewed configuration of the main spans, and the significant approach systems are also aspects that add to the value of the bridge. Preservation of this bridge should be considered a high priority given the significance of the structure, and also the aesthetic qualities of the bridge, as well as the beautiful tunnel that is next to the bridge. However, these dry descriptions can only begin to describe the reasons why this bridge should be preserved. It is a bridge you have to visit to truly appreciate its value, since beauty and setting are major factors that contribute ton the value of this bridge. It is one of those bridges that gives a traveler the real sense that they have traveled back in time. As such, the bridge is an excellent record of its period in history. Sadly, the bridge has currently suffered rust damage on the lower chord due to salt and moisture. However, there are contractors who are skilled in replicating such damaged parts, including built-up members with rivets, and as such, these issues should not be considered barriers to preservation.

This bridge has fairly massive members for an 1899 bridge, yet has a very narrow deck width. It also has very large built-up floor beams. It also features a long trestle-like approach system at one end with metal bents as support. It also features a beautiful brick tunnel at the other end. The bridge originally served a railroad line and was later converted for vehicular use.

Divider

Photos and Videos: Layton Bridge

Available Photo Galleries and Videos

Click on a thumbnail or gallery name below to visit that particular photo gallery. If videos are available, click on a video name to view and/or download that particular video.

 
View Photo Gallery
2014 Bridge Photo-Documentation
Original / Full Size Photos
A collection of overview and detail photos. For the best visual immersion and full detail, or for use as a desktop background, this gallery presents the photos for this bridge in the original digital camera resolution.
View Photo Gallery
2014 Bridge Photo-Documentation
Mobile Optimized Gallery
A collection of overview and detail photos. View the photos for this bridge in a reduced size which is useful for mobile/smartphone users, modem (dial-up) users, or those who do not wish to wait for the longer download times of the full-size photos. Alternatively, view this photo gallery using a popup slideshow viewer (great for mobile users) by clicking the link below.
Browse Gallery With Popup Viewer
View Photo Gallery
2007 Photos: Original / Full Size Gallery
Original / Full Size Photos
For the best visual immersion and full detail, or for use as a desktop background, this gallery presents selected overview and detail photos for this bridge in the original digital camera resolution. For the best visual immersion and full detail, or for use as a desktop background, this gallery presents the photos for this bridge in the original digital camera resolution.
View Photo Gallery
2007 Photos: Structure Overview
Mobile Optimized Gallery
A collection of overview photos that show the bridge as a whole and general areas of the bridge. View the photos for this bridge in a reduced size which is useful for mobile/smartphone users, modem (dial-up) users, or those who do not wish to wait for the longer download times of the full-size photos. Alternatively, view this photo gallery using a popup slideshow viewer (great for mobile users) by clicking the link below.
Browse Gallery With Popup Viewer
View Photo Gallery
2007 Photos: Structure Details
Mobile Optimized Gallery
A collection of detail photos that document the parts, construction, and condition of the bridge. View the photos for this bridge in a reduced size which is useful for mobile/smartphone users, modem (dial-up) users, or those who do not wish to wait for the longer download times of the full-size photos. Alternatively, view this photo gallery using a popup slideshow viewer (great for mobile users) by clicking the link below.
Browse Gallery With Popup Viewer

View Maps
and Links

Divider
 
Home Top

Divider

About - Contact

© Copyright 2003-2017, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.