For a half-hip variety of pony truss bridge, this is a fairly long span example at 74 feet and five panels. The bridge plaque has gone missing (although a plaque for the abutments remains) but the Historic Bridge Inventory apparently learned that Nelson and Buchanan of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania built the bridge. The bridge has been closed to traffic, but retains good historic integrity. It would be feasible to rehabilitate if the interest was there to do so.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 74' long and 16' wide, pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge built for the county in 1896 is supported on concrete-coated stone abutments with flared wingwalls. The trusses with the built up floor beams above the lower chords are traditionally composed, and the outriggers are original. The design is typical of its fabricator, Nelson and Buchanan of Chambersburg. Although the design is common throughout the state, this example is complete, documented, and earlier than most others. It is historically and technologically significant.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries one lane of an unimproved road over a stream in an agricultural and forested area with mid-19th century farms to the south and scattered modern housing to the north.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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