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Van Voorhis Bridge

Van Voorhis Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 3, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Butsko Road (TR-581) Over Pigeon Creek
Rural: Washington County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1916 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Chaney and Armstrong

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
91 Feet (27.7 Meters)
Structure Length
95 Feet (29 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.5 Feet (4.11 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is a riveted Pratt truss. It has some lattice railings that have a different appearance because of an extra horizontal angle running through the middle of the railing. The bridge has been closed to traffic. However, the bridge is not deteriorated in a way that would make rehabilitation for continued light vehicular use difficult. HistoricBridges.org recommends that the bridge be rehabilitated for continued vehicular use. A target weight limit of 10 tons would allow the vast majority of vehicles to use this quiet rural road. Rehabilitation for this purpose would likely cost less than a demolition and replacement project.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single-span, 95'-long, riveted Pratt thru truss bridge built in 1916 is supported on concrete abutments with wingwalls. The trusses are traditionally composed, and the bridge has no innovative or distinctive details. Although it appears to be complete, it is a late example of its type and design. Neither the bridge nor its setting are historically or technologically significant. It is located in a county with over 35 metal truss bridges.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries one lane of a two-lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, wooded setting with scattered houses and modular housing.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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