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This bridge is a classic example of a bridge built by the Pittsburgh Bridge Company. It is located in a rural setting, and the lightweight truss members blend in nicely with the surrounding trees and creek.
This bridge has been closed to traffic and is owned by PennDOT. Given the trend in Pennsylvania since this website began, this likely means this beautiful historic bridge that could be rehabilitated will instead be demolished. However, given that there are few historic truss bridges remaining in this county, it would be a great time for PennDOT to turn a new page in its track record and choose to preserve this bridge.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1889, pin connected, single span, 103'-long, Pratt thru truss bridge is supported on dry laid ashlar abutments. The floorbeams are connected to the lower panel points by Z-shaped hangers, a detail associated with the Pittsburgh Bridge Company, one of the most prolific fabricator of metal truss bridges in the state. One of two pin connected truss bridges in Warren County, the structure is historically and technologically significant as a complete example of its technology. Adding to its significance is its association with the Pittsburgh Bridge Company and its agent, Nelson & Buchanan Company.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries 1 lane of an unimproved road over a stream in a rural area of undistinguished farmhouses. The setting does not have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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