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Cemetery Road Bridge

Cemetery Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 6, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Cemetery Road (PA-3012) Over Brokenstraw Creek
Location
Rural: Warren County, Pennsylvania: United States

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2000
Main Span Length
99 Feet (30 Meters)
Structure Length
103 Feet (31 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (3.96 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
61301200300000

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Bridge Documentation

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

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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