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Pierceville Bridge

PA-1029 Bridge

   


Pierceville Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 26, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
PA-1029 Over Tunkhannock Creek
Location
Rural: Wyoming County, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
113 Feet (34.4 Meters)
Structure Length
115.2 Feet (35.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.7 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
651029003020790

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This Bridge Is In Storage!

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

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

HAER Drawings, PDF - HAER Data Pages, PDF

View The Original Patent For The Lenticular Truss

2015 Relocation and Restoration Project: An Important First For Pennsylvania

View A June 11, 2015 Press Release By HistoricBridges.org Rergarding This Project: View in PDF Format or Microsoft Word Format.

As of June, 2015, a project to relocate and restore this historic bridge to nearby Lazy Brook Park for non-motorized traffic is underway. The preservation project is being completed as part of a project to build a new bridge for SR-1029 at the former location of this historic bridge.

The preservation of the Pierceville Bridge is truly a historic moment for Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has up until now had a very poor preservation track record for metal truss bridges. Moreover, the few preservation projects that were carried out were not "in-kind restorations" and usually involved replacing rivets with bolts, and replacing historic materials with modern substitutes. The Pierceville Bridge preservation project in contrast is an in-kind restoration. Any rivets replaced will be replaced with rivets. Any bridge parts that are beyond repair will be replaced with exact replicas. This is the first in-kind restoration of a historic metal bridge in Pennsylvania. It is also believed to be the first PennDOT contract in decades to include riveting as part of the contract, and certainly the first PennDOT project to specify riveting for preservation work. Pennsylvania joins a growing number of states that understand the importance and feasibility of in-kind restoration and use of riveting in preservation work.

The general contractor for this project is Kriger Construction. The disassembly, restoration, and reassembly of the lenticular truss bridge is subcontracted to Bach Steel.

About This Bridge

This eight panel structure was built by the Corrugated Metal Company, which later became the Berlin Iron Bridge Company. These companies are known for bridges such as the Pierceville Bridge, a patented type of truss known today as the lenticular truss. These bridges feature a beautiful and distinctive shape to them that is unique enough that they can be considered among the rarest types of bridges remaining in the country. The preservation of each surviving lenticular truss bridge is absolutely essential. Having been built by the Corrugated Metal Company, this is among the earliest examples of a lenticular through truss. It is also remarkably complete, with very few alterations. This is also one of the only bridges where the Historic Bridge Inventory itself strongly advocates for the preservation of the bridge.

Be sure to review the HAER page for this bridge as it contains drawings and data pages that provide an informative historical narrative for this structure.

Pierceville Bridge

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

There have been no changes in the bridge's status since the previous survey. This is an exceptionally important bridge and should be given the highest preservation priority. Spectacular.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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