This six panel structure is interesting because it is a relatively early example of a state standard plan truss in Pennsylvania, because many more survive from the 1930s in the state. The design of this bridge varies from those 1930s structures a bit. One of the most notable unusual details is the pedestrian railings which are a variation of a lattice style. The vehicular lattice railing is more standard and is not the same as the pedestrian railing as the Historic Bridge Inventory claims. The sway bracing is an unusual design, featuring two rows of lattice, with each row having a different size.
The approach spans are not original, however the main truss span is original and it also retains original railings and good historic integrity. As a result, in the process of evaluating the significance and preservation of this bridge, only the main span should be considered.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The skewed, 5 span, 319'-long bridge consists of a riveted, 153' long Pratt thru truss main span built in 1922 and four continuous stringer approach spans placed in 1975 replacing the original T beam approach spans. There are modern safety shape barriers on the approach spans. The truss span is traditionally composed with built up members, and it does not have any innovative or distinctive details. The cantilevered sidewalk on the truss span is finished with a lattice railing, and the same railing is inside the opposite truss. The bridge was significantly altered in 1975 when the approach spans were replaced. Its original appearance and associative significance with the B & O have been lost. The truss itself is not significant as it is an example of common period technology. The bridge is not historically or technologically significant.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a two-lane road and a sidewalk over two CSXT (formerly the B&O main line) tracks in a sparsely developed area north of the village of Chewton. The line was the B&O's 1870s route to Chicago, which supplanted much of an earlier and more circuitous route, and it played a primary role in making the B&O a major trunk line east of the Mississippi River.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
Search For Additional Bridge Listings:
© Copyright 2003-2022, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.