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Fisher Run Road Bridge

Catawissa Creek Bridge

Fisher Run Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 26, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Fisher Run Road (TR-468) Over Catawissa Creek
Rural: Columbia County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1903 By Builder/Contractor: Nelson and Buchanan of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
220 Feet (67.1 Meters)
Structure Length
227 Feet (69.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.5 Feet (4.11 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This notable pin-connected Parker truss bridge was lucky to receive a rehabilitation for continued vehicular use.

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Discussion of Bridge

The one span, 228'-long, pin connected Parker thru truss bridge built in 1903 is supported on ashlar abutments. It is traditionally composed, but what stands out is its remarkable completeness. There are about 10 older Parker thru truss bridges throughout the state that are older than this example, including 3 in District 3-0, but the truss type is not common, this example is documented to a regional fabricator, and it has a long span length. The bridge is a historically and technologically significant example of the uncommon bridge type, which was used for longer spans because its design, developed in the 1870s, concentrates depth at the center of the span where forces are the greatest. Noteworthy features include the floorbeam framing, which reflects the transition from pinned to riveted field connections, and the railings.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The single lane bridge carries a township road over a stream in a rural area with scattered residences. To the southeast of the bridge is a modern house, and to the southwest is a highly altered, 19th century house. To the north is SR 339 that has scattered, highly altered ca. 1900 houses. The area does not have the significance or integrity of a historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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