This is a five-panel pin connected Pratt through truss. It features v-lacing on the verticals and sway bracing. The portal bracing is a lattice design. Original lattice railings remain on the bridge. The bridge retains a high degree of historic integrity, with no major alterations to the bridge noted. This bridge is one of a number of Youngstown Bridge Company bridges that remained in Pennsylvania in 2006.
There is no cantilevered sidewalk or handsome railing on this bridge as the Historic Bridge Inventory mentions. They appear to have mixed this bridge up with the Center Street Bridge, since their description is nearly identical to the description of that bridge, which was also built by the same company.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1896, pin connected, single span, 80'-long, Pratt thru truss bridge is supported on ashlar abutments. Fabricated by the Youngstown Bridge Co., the bridge stands as a remarkably complete example of its type and design with its decorative cresting and handsome cast and wrought iron railing at the cantilevered sidewalk. The trusses themselves are traditionally composed, but the lattice filled portal brace and knee braces with radiation pattern fill are characteristic of the fabricator. The bridge stands out in a rich collection of metal truss bridges in Crawford County, and it is historically and technologically significant.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries 1 lane of a 2 lane road over a stream south of the borough of Saegertown. The area does not have historic district potential. Approximately one-half mile to the north is the county poor farm complex. The original building dates to ca. 1875, and many later buildings have been added. The complex was greatly expanded in 1970s and 1980s. The bridge is not contiguous to the complex or related to its function. South of the bridge is wooded and rural.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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